Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 3 (Matthew 2)

Third Lesson – again, only the Synoptic tradition is represented, this time by Matthew 2 and Luke 2. Thus, the six interrogations return differences in mostly nuance rather than major substance. This post is a reading of Matthew 2.  But why so early with this one? Well, I must repent for last week’s late posting. In my defense, I had a house guest who was introducing me to all sorts of debauchery such as staying up til 9 PM, eating bread, and reading fun books. I am now back to normal…such as it … [Read more...]

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 2: Matthew 1, Luke 1 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...]

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 2

Second lesson. As with the first lesson, we read for what insight into these six questions may be found in the selected passage: What is wrong with human life? What does God intend to do about it? Who is Jesus that he can bring God’s plans to fruition? What sort of a community is gathered around Jesus? What sort of behaviors are expected of this community? What does this community expect in the future? Now I have been reliably informed by a friend of mine that I need to make some c … [Read more...]

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 1

First lesson of 2015—where does the time go?As Ben said, I’m an exegete, and I teach scripture for both general education and religion majors. Since the latter will go on to study broader topics in religion, including systematics and spirituality, I push into a bit of theology to help prepare them for other classes in the Christian tradition.I think I will blog along with the GD lessons, at least as I have the time or energy to do so. However, I don’t intend to really blog the lessons the … [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

Public domain, from wikipedia.

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...]

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 47: Ezra 1–8; Nehemiah 1–2; 4; 6; 8

Cyrus Cylinder in the British Museum. Image from Prioryman.

Ezra and Nehemiah originally constituted one book, so it works to treat them together. Let’s review the timeframe and story here.586- Babylonian destruction of Temple, the walls of Jerusalem, and beginning of the Exile to Babylon. Although it is probably a more complex issue, this event, in my mind at least, constitutes the historical dividing line between “Israelites” and “Jews.” The events of the Exile change the culture and religion, pushing it to develop in the direction we see afterward … [Read more...]