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Mark1a - Mark1 RN101-17 I At their heart Gospels have at...

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Mark1, RN101-17, 3/26/08 I At their heart, Gospels have at their core a question Who is He? Mark 8: 27-30 John Baptist? Elijah? Another Hebrew Prophet? “The Messiah” But what does that title or identity mean in Jesus’ case? New definition: 8:31-36 II Who is he according to Matthew, the canonical opener? Israelite descendent of Abraham and David Gentile (female) foremothers Miraculous birth Proclaimed to be fulfillment of prophecy A new Moses: Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) Come not to abolish but fulfill the Law Make it more difficult III How does Mark answer the question of Jesus’ identity? Mark is thought to be the oldest Gospel, the source for much of Matt and Luke, which are the other “sharing one eye” Gospels – The Synoptics. (John draws on other traditions and is quite distinct. Sees with another eye. Mark 1: A. “In the beginning of the ‘good news’” – gospel, evangelion , the announcement of an new emperor’s reign.
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