In this paper, I will review Charles Ryrie’s book The Holy Spirit. I will detail what I feel the book is about. I will emphasize various points given by the author that stood out to me. Finally, I will give my personal evaluation of the book.
The purpose of the book Simply Jesus, by N.T. Wright, is to take a closer look at getting into the gospels. Many of the readers have been told or taught from the perspective of being behind the gospel. N.T. Wright purpose and the majority of the content of his book is for the reader's view and past learning experiences to be changed or built on the concept that God's people need to be inside of the gospel. Learn inside of the gospel not behind it. In the book Simply Jesus, N.T. Wright states that “We can try to get, not ‘behind’ the gospels, as some sneeringly suggest in the purpose of the historical research,
The Shadow of the Galilean sheds light on the historical context of Jesus by showing how people of ancient Palestine received his message; then he shows how this illuminates the actions and sayings of Jesus by revealing that his most important teaching was that he was the son of God, and that while some aspects of his teachings were permissible or even attractive to members of both Roman and Jewish authority, the baggage of this claim was too much to carry.
The foundation of the Christian faith is cradled within truth of the virgin birth, life, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As diverse as the world-wide Christian culture is, the truth in the birth and life of Jesus stands without border and language limitations. Just as each individual life story can be adapted to be relevant for a variety of audiences, the birth story of the Messiah was also. The Gospels of Matthew and Luke are an example of the well-rounded and diverse narration of the birth story of Jesus—Matthew’s narration spoke to the history of the Jewish people and Luke presented to the citizen of Rome.
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.
Some scholars argue that evidence of Jesus of Nazareth 's existence can only be found within the writings of the New Testament. They believe that the New Testament is a biased and unreliable source for the existence of Jesus. They therefore claim that Jesus did not exist. The historical existence of Jesus is necessary to demonstrate the truth of Christianity. While Christian scholars do not discount the reliability of the New Testament as a historical document, they are also able to point to other historical documents and consider non-Christian writings which support the existence of Jesus. In this paper I will argue that Jesus the Nazarene was an actual, historical person and that this can be demonstrated through extra-Biblical resources.
One of the many things that puzzle people even today; is how Jesus was portrayed and how he became a part of history throughout the centuries. Fortunately, within the book Jesus Through the Centuries, written by Jaroslav Pelikan, readers are able to get a sense of what societies viewed Jesus as and how he was/is important to many aspects of the world such as; the political, social, and cultural impact he had left. As Pelikan discusses this very topic and theme in his book, we see how there’s a connection between his audience in this book and Jesus’s are closely similar. When he got his motivation to write about Jesus through the Centuries, Jaroslav had an open audience, which was intended for anyone of all ages, races, and beliefs to read
Award-winning journalist, Lee Strobel wrote The Case for Christ to retrace and enlarge his journey toward becoming a Christian. Strobel once atheist, and now Christian, shares how he began to look upon the Bible and God. As an atheist, Strobel lived the life of selfishness and only worried to please himself. When his wife began to go to church he wasn’t very pleased until after he saw the positive and attractive change in her. This is the start of his curiosity and investigation about Christianity. He wanted to understand what changed her like this. He wanted to relate with his wife so he decided to study about this and attend church services with her. Strobel began his journey and interviewed thirteen leading scholars who defended their views concerning the historical reliability of the New Testament. Strobel splits the case for Christ into three basic sections: Examining the Record, Analyzing Jesus, and Researching the Resurrection.
Award-winning journalist, Lee Strobel wrote The Case for Christ to retrace and expand his journey toward becoming a Christian. Strobel once declared atheist, and now Christian, shares how he began to look upon the Bible and God. As an atheist, Strobel lived the life of selfishness and only worried to please himself. When his wife began to go to church he wasn’t very pleased until after he saw the positive and attractive change in her. This is the start of his curiosity and investigation about Christianity. To relate with his wife he decided to study about this and attend church services with her. Strobel interviewed thirteen leading scholars who defended their views concerning the historical reliability of the New Testament.
This kind woman tried to encourage this boy to have faith in God and Jesus, Jesus was the “lamb of god” also “a man with sorrows and acquainted with grief.” “Sundays [were] days for Jesus; it was wrong to feel comfortable or laugh on a Sunday.” Jesus was the lamb of god and went around the world for three years sending his message to others implying them not to do harm. When the little boy grew up to be a businessman, “he began to wonder about Jesus [again],” in a different aspect than before. The businessman knew that great successful businessmen inspire enthusiasm and build great organizations, Jesus Christ already established the greatest organization above anyone else. The businessman now waited to see if anyone would write a novel about Jesus Christ, an individual who knew him personally. In the businessman’s mind, he would treat Jesus Christ as an individual he never heard of before. The businessman had no faith in Jesus Christ, but was interested in making money off a character he thinks is weak, and grabbed twelve individuals from the bottom of the chain and built the greatest organization people praised him love and forgiveness. Nobody wrote the book so the businessman wrote the book
The poem, “Gospel” by Philip Levine gives a vivid description of what the narrator sees around them. The narrator focuses their description on nature. They make many references to types of plants like lupine and thistles. Throughout the poem, nature can be seen as and abstract creature. Nature is giving and lively. The conflict in the poem is between the speaker and nature. The narrator tries to show how nature can give nice outdoor views and how the earth gives people a place to walk on while people give nothing back to nature. Levine’s speaker uses repetition and comparisons to show how nature is constantly pleading for the narrators attention yet they cannot offer anything to the relationship they have with nature. The poem slowly evolves
Jesus and the Disinherited begin the first chapter with the interpretation of Jesus. Dr. Thurman explained that Jesus was a poor Jew and was a minority in the midst of a dominate society. Dr. Thurman gives his analysis on how the world views Jesus. People around the world have their own interpretation of Jesus; yet, people have an orthodox view of him being fully God and fully man. In chapter one, the author references the nonviolent resistance approach, which is a tactic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr used in the civil rights movements. He interprets Jesus as a black man who lived his life as an outsider in the world. Jesus was the disinherited and oppressed like African Americans.
The books of Matthew and John though have many similarities, also have many differences due to the goals that they are trying to achieve and the importance of points/events they are trying to get across. The reason behind the initial portrayals of Jesus helps achieve the goals of each book; whereas Matthew’s book tries to ‘convince’ the educated readers and quarrelers (Pharisees), John’s book does not care much about reputation per se. For example, Jesus turns on the Jews who believe in him to generate a readers response to him as the definitive expression of God 's will or revelation as opposed to Matthew’s intentional readers response to God 's will as expressed in the Mosaic Law. While there are many qualities I could delve into regarding the difference in characters of Jesus, my essay in particular will look at what each book views is especially important with regard to Jesus and his intentions. Specifically, my main focus will be on the presentation of Jesus and reasons for doing so; setting in context what the book is basically about.
Over the ages, Christians have grappled with the miracle of the incarnation of God as Jesus. Found in the biblical account of Matthew (Chapters1-2) and Luke (Chapters 1-2), the Nativity story is of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem. An infant swaddled in cloth that Luke referred to as “the Messiah, the Lord.”(Luke 2) The most puzzling question about the life of Jesus is whether he was born with all the wisdom of God, or if he was simply born with the potential, like all children, to develop in his life in the wisdom of God. This paper examines the roles of infants, including baby Jesus, who appeared in three Cycle plays from the fifteenth century, and compares the portrayal of children as human, divine or both, during the late Middle Ages and the early Renaissance period: The Nativity, The Slaughter of the Innocents and The Second Shepherds’ Play.
For the believer, the question of why the term Son of Man was used by Jesus to represent himself at face value remains curious. Particularly intriguing is Jesus‘ use of this identification Son of Man since God’s attributes are not fully comprehended in scope or nature in their entirety, save what has been revealed to us in Scripture therefore it is humbling to realize that Jesus makes such a firm association with mankind. Combined with Jesus’ humanity there still remains a distinctive from His title by the means which He uses to address (Moule, 1978) Himself.