NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 6:

My photo of the synagogue at Capernaum.

My focus today is on a passage from Luke 4. In his hometown of Nazareth, Jesus gets up to read in the synagogue, and cites Isaiah 61 as being fulfilled. This goes over like a lead balloon as his once friends and neighbors "filled with rage...drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill... so that they might hurl him off the cliff." (Luk 4:29 NRSV)Jesus remarks that "no prophet is accepted in his own country" (KJV) or "no prophet is welcome in his home town" (NASB). The … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5: John 3-4

Today I focus on Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, in John 3.Nicodemus was a "leader of the Jews" which strongly suggests he was a member of "the" Sanhedrin (Gr. synhedrion or "council"). The sanhedrin in Jerusalem, as it appears in the gospels, Josephus, and rabbinic literature, has been understood alternately as the high priests’ political council, the highest legislative body in Jewish Palestine, the supreme judicial court, the grand jury for important cases, the council of the P … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 4: Matthew 3-4, John 1: 35-51.

In today's episode of Gospel non-harmony, let's examine how Andrew and Peter were called.Matthew's VersionJohn's Version4:18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3: Luke 2, Matthew 2

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I couldn't find my notes on the Gospels, presumably because I've never written any. I reviewed my classes, and it turns out I've never taught the Gospels, not for Institute, not for BYU, not for any length of time in Gospel Doctrine either. Consequently, I'll be working through this with you.Matthew and Luke provide us with two different but similar narratives, which are probably among the most familiar to any Christian. We typically combine these narratives together in our Christmas ce … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 2: Matthew 1, Luke 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6osyZY2fsI&spfreload=10Arvo Pärt's Magnificat, one of many songs based on the Latin translation of Mary's "my soul doth magnify (magnificat) the Lord" in Luke 1:46ff.Matthew 1 The book of Matthew opens by throwing us straight into a carefully selected and arranged genealogy, "in order to show that [Jesus] meets the requirements set by the Tanakh [Hebrew Bible] for who the Messiah must be—a descendant of Avraham (Genesis 22:18), Ya‛akov (Numbers 24:17) … [Read more...]

Announcing Moggett, guest bloggers, and some minor housekeeping

First, I'm pleased to announce that I will be having guest bloggers joining me from time to time in the upcoming year. First up is Mogget, who was a co-blogger with me before I left FaithPromotingRumor, and has a PhD in Biblical Studies. Whereas my graduate studies were heavy on language and philology, Mogs actually had some theology and interpretation, so expect good-but-different things, very soon. … [Read more...]

Brief NT Introduction and Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1: John 1:1-14, Isa 61:1-3, JST Luke 3:4-11

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Let's start the new year by reminding ourselves how little we know, with a brief quiz. (That's the grouchy academic in me, throwing a surprise pretest on the first day of class.)1) Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John: which are apostles and which are not?2) Describe the nativity according to Mark.  (HT: Ronan's post.)3) Which Gospel gives us the detail about the mean innkeeper, who turned away Joseph and Mary?If you want to see more such questions, and the midterm and final I gave my … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 48: Zechariah, Malachi

Malachi, by Duccio di Buoninsegna. (Public domain, via wikimedia.)

Several of the aspects of Zechariah have already been treated, such as water flowing out from the temple and future prophecies in general. All I would add is this wisdom from Elder Maxwell. The chiliast, one who believes in a second coming of Christ that will usher in a millennial reign, has special challenges in reading signs. First, he is urged to notice lest he be caught unawares. Second, he must be aware of how many false readings and alarms there have been in bygone days, even by the f … [Read more...]


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