Topic 3 Review
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Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey
- How does Matthew’s use of Old Testament prophecy indicate his purpose in writing the gospel? What is he demonstrating?
- What is the significance of Matthew’s opening, “Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matt. 1:1 NIV)?
- How does Matthew present Jesus as savior to both Jews and Gentiles
- How does Matthew present Jesus as the supreme authority?
- How does Matthew depict Jesus as the Teacher?
- What is the traditional view of Mark’s gospel as it relates to the Apostle Peter?
- Give six examples of how Mark presents Jesus’s divine sonship, both through what he does and says, and from the responses of those around him.
- How does Mark’s structure reveal his emphasis on what Jesus did and the significance of his crucifixion?
- What is the Messianic secret?
- How does Luke indicate the universal significance of Jesus through his genealogy?
- Give three examples of how Luke includes the Gentiles as objects of salvation.
- Give three examples of how Luke highlights the role of women in Jesus’s ministry.
- Give three examples of how Luke emphasizes the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
- Why are Matthew, Mark, and Luke called the Synoptic Gospels?
15. How does John present Jesus’s divine nature?
16. What is Gnosticism, and how does John contrast it in his presentation of Jesus’s humanity?
- Give examples of John’s emphasis on faith:
(“Conflict”) in The Gospels and Jesus from the Oxford Bible Series
- Briefly describe the unique convictions and characteristics of each of the following groups.
- The Essenes –
- The Sadducees –
- The Zealots –
- The Scribes –
- The Pharisees –
(“The Last Days”) in The Gospels and Jesus from the Oxford Bible Series
- Briefly describe the unique features of the passion narratives as found in the four Gospels. How do they reflect the broader purposes of each gospel?
- Mark –
- Matthew –
- Luke –
- John –
- How are the themes of the Passover and covenant reflected in the Last Supper?
- What is the Roman motivation for putting Jesus to death?
- What are the charges brought against Jesus before the Sanhedrin?
Elwell, W. A., & Yarbrough, R. W. (2013). Encountering the New Testament: A historical and theological survey (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids: MI. Baker Academic.
Stanton, G. (2002). Oxford Bible Series: The Gospels and Jesus. Retrieved from https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=478397&site=ehost-live&scope=site&ebv=EB&ppid=pp_255