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...]

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

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...]

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...]