Friday, October 28, 2016

On the Road Again - Introduction

Image result for four evangelistsBelow are notes from discussion in a series entitled "On the Road Again: A Study of Luke/Acts. This week we discussed the background information for the Gospel of Luke and compared it with the other gospels. You may listen to a podcast of this session on the Cove Presbyterian PodBean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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Mark
  • Background - It was probably written between A.D. 65-70 to a Christian community
  • World View - History is horizontal and can be divided into two ages, with Jesus in the middle. Mark also seems to expect Jesus to return sooner than later.
  • General Structure - The gospel is a movement from Galilee to Jerusalem, with a brief introduction and conclusion
  • View of Christ -  Mark focuses on the Son of God who suffers.
Matthew
  • Background - It was probably written between A.D. 75-95 to a Jewish/Christian community.
  • World View - History is horizontal and can be divided into two ages, with Jesus in the middle. Matthew recognizes that Jesus' return maybe not be imminent. 
  • General Structure - The gospel is a movement from Galilee to Jerusalem. Although he follows Mark's basic structure, Matthew tends to organize other material thematically.
  • View of Christ -  Matthew sees Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament and draws parallels between Jesus and Moses.
John
  • Background - It was probably written between A.D. 75-90 to a Christian community that's already separated from the Jews.
  • World View - History is vertical that focuses on a person's response to Jesus.
  • General Structure - Jesus make several trips to Jerusalem. In much of the material, Jesus responds to confusion with long monologues. 
  • View of Christ -  John sees Jesus as the Word that became flesh, using the phrase "I Am" to identify Jesus's identity.
Luke
  • Background - It was probably written between A.D. 75-95 to a Jewish/Christian community. Also, Luke and Acts are two volumes of the same book.
  • World View - History is horizontal and can be divided into three ages: the Age of the Israel, the Age of Jesus and John the Baptist, and the Age of the Church.
  • General Structure - The gospel is a movement from Galilee to Jerusalem, and Acts is a movement from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.
  • View of Christ -  Innocent sees Jesus as the innocent Son of God who was crucified and resurrected and who ascends, leaving this church to continue his work in the world.

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