It is possible to write on the life of Jesus from the information gathered from the bible. I will be dividing my essay into three parts. In the first part of the paper, I will talk about the nature of the gospels, John’s views vs. the Synoptic, discuss if the authors of the gospels are eyewitnesses and how they used written sources. Also I will talk about the Q source. Then I will elaborate on the topic of how Matthew and Luke were similar. Then I will continue on by discussing how the Old Testament uses Moses, Samuel and Elijah to interpret Jesus, and finally whether or not the Sermon on the Mount happened. In the second part of my paper, I will talk about Jesus’s birth and childhood, his miracles, his resurrection, and what Jesus did to cure people, spirits and how they are interpreted to the prophet, magician and the mad man compared to Saul and Elijah. The final part of the paper I will talk about what Jesus talked about as regards to the Kingdom of God vs. the Kingdom of the Romans and what he intended by speaking of the end of the world. I will also speak of the reasons behind the Romans executing him. My sources for this paper will be the New Jerusalem Bible Readers edition as my primary source and lecture notes from Professor Trumbach.
In this paper, I am writing about the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel of Mark is the shortest Gospel, but is a really cool one. It covers a lot of key events that happened during Jesus’ lifetime. After reading the chapters, we pointed out things that stood out to us, which we thought were strange or interesting. We also pointed out spiritual lessons that taught us about our faith. We also wrote down questions that we had about the material.
The Jesus that is portrayed in the Gospel of Mark has the lowest Christology out of the three books being analyzed. The Gospel of Mark has a low Christology because of the human nature that it applies to Jesus’ character(class notes).
The gospel of Mark is a short recollection of Jesus life, it has many details but is missing pieces or additions to his life. The Gospel of mark was said to have lost pieces, and also the first account of Jesus life. Although it is not as detailed in some areas as it is in others, it tells many accounts of Jesus life on earth and what kind of a person he was, the life he lived, his struggles and his ending.
(Phil 2:7n NIV); Jesus took upon himself the form of a servant, the Servant of God, and his instance of this shows his amazing humility. He who is the “Son of God”, of the same nature with God and equal to him voluntarily becomes the Servant of him. Further, the phrases “Son of God” described Jesus the only begotten of the Father (Luke 1:35, NIV) and in John 1:14 it is used forty-two times to affirm the deity of Christ. The phrase “Son of Man” is used as a contrast to the “Son of God;" this idiom affirms the humanity of Christ 's which exist alongside His divinity. (John 5:27, NIV). The Son of Man is also talked about in the Old Testament, Daniel 's chapter 7: 13-14.
Luke and Acts tells the story of what Jesus did and taught during his ministry, first in his earthly life and then as the exalted Christ and Lord through his disciples. This essay will outline the various titles Luke used to portray or described Jesus in his two-volume narrative, in doing this we hope to get a better understanding and a complete picture of who Jesus was. Luke in his two volume work described Jesus in numerous ways and I am only going to be discussing four which referred to him as Christ, Lord, Prophet and Savior. The main Christological themes that appear in Luke-Acts highlighted and emphasised on the concept of the “Lord 's Christ”, meaning the coming ruler of God 's people, who will serve as their Savior and performing prophetic work [2 pg. 123-143]. Moreover, Jesus’s role was not assumed on his own initiative, but rather it was the work of God. Thus we can say that God’s work and plans were at the center of the Book of Acts and Luke’s gospel [1 pg 22].
The three different categories Mark assigns to the Son of Man are all important aspects of Jesus ministry. The three categories identify Jesus as the Son of Man who serves on earth, the Son of Man who must suffer and die, and the Son of Man who will be revealed in eschatological judgement. Ezekiel is the prophet himself, while Daniel appears as a celestial figure who receives divine authority. Then I Enoch at the complete history, passes judgement on
The term Son of Man is translated differently by the prophets, apostles, and people of the Old Testament when compared to how the term is viewed in the New Testament. In analyzing how the terms are perceived during these times, it becomes possible to trace the theme of the Son of Man, and how it was viewed in the Old Testament, to how the Son of Man has been viewed in the New Testament. In observing these differences, one can clearly see the term had similar meanings, but was represented in a different fashion, depending on the peoples and circumstances of the time period. In analyzing these occasions in which the term Son of Man is used throughout the two testaments, it will become clear as to their intended, and actual interpretations.
In the historical criticism most of the authors agree that the Gospel of Mark is considered one of the first to have begun writing about history of Jesus (Koester, 1990). The literary characteristic that the Gospel of Mark represents is his collection of various traditions in his disposal such as, sayings, parables, and controversies. Mark leaves his distinct stamp on the Gospel, primarily by his name of composition (Koester, 1990). The Gospel manifests a theological conception and on the narrative level, events proceed to climax in Jerusalem.
Throughout the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke Jesus is established as the Messiah and the most prominent holy figure of the faith - the Son of God. Yet Jesus started out as a regular boy who practiced the Jewish faith much the same as every other Jew around him and admired the priests as righteous men that would help the Jews follow the word of Yahweh and the Laws of Moses. One such man is John the Baptist, a priest and prophet that had a significant following, and prophesized the coming of a Messiah figure. In this paper I will argue that John the Baptist is a prominent and necessary figure in the Synoptic gospels, a precursor to Jesus who proceeded to establish Jesus as
The historical context in the New Testament at times can be mind boggling to think that a man sent by God could live on earth, as a human but in the same sense be undividable as God with his imminent death on the cross. The first historical comparison the authors use comes from the book of Mark in regards to the burial and apparition of Jesus. The author writes about the resurrection in Mark “The question is: do we have one, two, three, four, or five independent sources?” (pg 9). The author stresses that while Marks consensus is quite impressive it is only reliant on a single source meaning that Mark could have been subjective in his writings by adding to the resurrection story of Jesus. With this relative assertion of Marks writings, Professor
The Gospels paint a beautiful picture of the life and story of Jesus. Galations gives a brief recap of God’s purpose in Christ: “But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal 4:4-5). This is the job description of Jesus, who came to fulfill what was said in the Old Testament, and redeem mankind. Let us now look at the different titles and distinctions for Jesus.
The Gospel of John compared to the others has developed a lengthy, philosophical manner of speech which describes Jesus’ divinity as the highest Christology. Through this it expresses Jesus as the flesh of the eternal and living God, as a Source of Light and a Son of God. John’s Gospel focuses on the individual believers and their relationships with Jesus, as well as, show that the Spirit is the central connection between God, Jesus and believers. The main purpose of this Gospel is to make God Known, to inspire belief in himself and the Father, to glorify the Father and to bring salvation. Throughout the Gospel, Jesus’ character is described as miraculous due to his kindly actions towards the oppressed and his desire to help them. Jesus appears