Jesus I Never Knew" by Phillip Yancey, or "Extreme Righteousness" by Tom Hovestol. In discussing the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, and Zealots, the author put himself in the shoes of a first century Jew, contemplating which group of society would have appealed most to him.
summarized as the conflict between Christ and those who receive or believe on him and those who reject or do not believe on him. The rising action in John's story of Jesus is the increasing hostility of the Jews to Christ, slowly leading up to the Pharisees’ arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. The Falling action is the point after Jesus’ death, in which things begin getting resolved. Jesus’ resurrection, appearance to the disciples, and ascension are all part of the resolution and final conclusion of
when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, ‘Why this waste?” (Matt. 26:8) and Mark’s gospel “some” got mad. “But there were some who said to themselves indignantly, ‘Why was the ointment thus wasted?” (Mark 14:4) and Luke’s gospel the “Pharisees” got mad. “Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.’” (Luke 7:39) and lastly, John’s gospel
Sec. 55 A centurion’s faith and the healing of his servant (Mt 8:5-13; Lk 7:1-10) *Summary Observations: Describe what we learn about faith from this centurion’s response to Jesus, a faith so unusual that Jesus marvels at it. The centurion’s response demonstrated that his faith is on the person of Jesus, and his authority. The healing miracle doesn’t rely on any specific mantra, any specific gesture or ritual, but on the willing of Jesus, he is the Lord. The centurion had the belief that Jesus’
Education is a crucial branch of Christianity. Through education, people learn what must be done to become a Christian and how to continue in the faith. One of the ways the first century Christians remained so strong in their conviction was careful teaching. The Bible repeatedly shows us the need for education in the church. Paul essentially outlines why it is vital in his letter to the Ephesians (Eph. 4:11-16). His point in that passage is that education instructs Christians in godly living, builds
Observing on the Gospel of Matthew Background This Gospel with precisely placed first as introductory PB and "the Messiah, the son of the living God" (Matthew 16: 16). Although the author's name is not mentioned in the Bible, the nas testimony all the church fathers who first (since c. 130 ad) stated that the Gospel was written by Matthew, one of the disciples of Jesus. If the Gospel of mark was written to the Romans and the Gospel of Luke for Theophilus and all non-Jewish believers the Gospel of