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Bible: New testament: Canonical Gospels (Read 5389 times)
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Bible: New testament: Canonical Gospels
12.05.12 at 10:48:24
Bible: New testament: Canonical Gospels
  • Matthew
    The gospel of Matthew tell of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

    • Matthew's gospel tells how Israel's Messiah is rejected by Israel and withdraws into the circle of his disciples.
    • He passes judgment on those who have rejected him so that "Israel" becomes the non-believing "Jews", and he sends the disciples instead to the non-Israelites.  
    • The title Son of David identifies Jesus as the healing and miracle-working Messiah of Israel.
    • The title as Son of Man identifies that he will return to judge the world.
    • The title as Son of God identifies that he has a unique relationship with God. God revealing himself through his son, and Jesus proving his sonship through his obedience and example.
    • Prior to the Crucifixion the Jews are called Israelites, the honorific title of God's chosen people; after it, they are called "Ioudaioi", Jews, a sign that through their rejection of the Christ the "kingdom of Heaven" has been taken away from them and given instead to the church.
    • The gospel has been interpreted as reflecting the struggles and conflicts between the evangelist's community and the other Jews.
    • The roots of the gospel in the Matthew-community of the late 1st century give rise to another important title bestowed on Jesus by Matthew: Emmanuel, "God is With Us". This title means that through Jesus, God is with the ecclesia (literally "assembly", but translated as "church").  
    • Theologically, Matthew's prime concern was that the Jewish tradition should not be lost in a church increasingly becoming gentile (gentile identifies non-Israelites).

      • The Jewish theme in the Gospel of Matthew is apparent in other ways as well.  
        Nearly every important person in the Gospel of Matthew is Jewish: Jesus, the twelve apostles, and the crowds are Jewish. They never deny their Jewish faith in the gospel.
      • Israel is a common theme in the Gospel of Matthew.  

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  • Mark
    The Gospel of Mark narrates the Ministry of Jesus from his baptism by John the Baptist to his death and resurrection.  
    It focuses particularly on the last week of his life in Jerusalem.  
    It portrays Jesus as a heroic man of action, an exorcist, healer and miracle worker.  
    An important theme of Mark is the Messianic Secret.
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  • Luke
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  • John
    Further information:
    See also:
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