NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7: Mark 2:1-12

Each lesson covers a good number of stories. Today covers Mark 1-2, among others. Mark is generally thought to be the earliest gospel, though not the earliest NT book. Paul's letters were all written before the Gospels, with Galatians probably being the earliest book written. (NB: That's the date of composition, not the date of the events described nor the date of our earliest manuscripts.) Mark's gospel also uses rougher Greek, and a gospel of action. Note how many times "straightway" and … [Read more...]

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 7 (Selections from Mark and Luke)

This week’s assigned readings are something of a potpourri of miracle stories: healings, exorcisms, nature miracles, and two resuscitations, that of the son of the widow of Nain and the daughter of Jarius. Since this is one of the first lessons to take significant material from the Second Gospel, I begin there. The first reading is from Mark 1:14-15 … [Read more...]

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...]

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 6 (Luke 4:14-32)

This week I read from the assigned passages in Luke, beginning with Jesus’ visit to the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth. These segments of Luke represents a shift from his source in Mark in a variety of ways, two of which are significant for my purposes. First, I read the passage as a whole, then I will return and focus specifically on the content of the passage from which Jesus reads.  … [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...]

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 4 (John 1:35-51)

IntroductionOne of the pericope assigned this week is the story of the first disciples in the Gospel of John, the third and fourth days of the first week of Jesus’ mortal ministry, in imitation of the preparation for the giving of the Law in Exodus 19 and Pentecost (1:35-51). Immediately before this section, on days one and two, two important things happen. First, John is accosted by representatives of Jewish leadership who wonder why he is baptizing. After denying that he is any of the t … [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


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...]