New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: John 9-10 (Initial post, to be updated)

The uncovered pool of Siloam, looking west.

 9:1-3These verses (as well as other scriptural or historical examples) demonstrate that prophets and apostles tend to share the world views and/or assumptions of their time. We would call these "incorrect" from our own cultural perspective. The idea that misfortune was caused quasi-directly by sin was a partial corollary to Deuteronomy's repeated promise of “If you are righteous, you shall prosper in the land” (see Deuteronomy 28, for example.) Job takes up the problems with this, b … [Read more...]

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15: John 7-8

Bits and pieces this week. … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 14: Matthew 18:1-35; Luke 10:25-37

Two parables today, that of the unjust servant, and that of the good samaritan.First, though, a practical note based on Matt 18:8. "Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire." … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13: Matthew 14:21-17:9

Banias, from lds.org

Today is a bit harried. We've been on the road, my wife successfully defended her PhD, and we're on the road again. Consequently, I my original commentary is minimal.Today's reading covers several interesting stories, including the "key" discussion at Caesarea Philippi and the Transfiguration. … [Read more...]

How I Taught Lesson 12

Last Saturday night, I was asked to pinch hit for Gospel Doctrine. Since my posts here aren't written as lesson plans, what and how I teach often differ significantly from what I write. Our lesson ended with some text criticism, close reading, and critical thinking about tradition, and by the end of the lesson, I had a coherent thread tying it all together. This write-up is both minimal and all from memory, though.We started by having everyone read John 5:1-18, the pericope about the pa … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12: John 5-6

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Some short commentary on John 5 with pictures, today. … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 11: Matthew 13 and Parables

Matthew 13 is a series of long and short parables,  which furnishes us with a good opportunity to talk about parables in general, followed by a few specific comments. … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10: Matthew 11:28-12:13; Luke 13:10-17; 7:36-50

KJV "Ears of Corn." Public domain photo.

More stories today in the Gospels, including several Sabbath Controversies. In the following commentary, I assume that you've read the Matthew passages. … [Read more...]


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