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Week 2 Notes - Religion 104 Introduction to the New...

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Religion 104: Introduction to the New Testament January 23, 2008 The Oral Traditions about Jesus -traditions of Jesus passed by mouth I. Review from the Reading A. Critical Dates: Jesus and the Gospels ****How did Matthew, Mark, Luke and John get this information about Jesus, where did they get these stories from?? -We actually do not know who wrote these gospels -author in the gospels never talks in first person or identifies themselves ***WRITTEN GOSPELS ARE BASED ON ORAL TRADITIONS a. Death of Jesus: 30 C.E. ? b. Our First Gospel: mark 65-70 C.E. c. Matthew and Luke: 80-85 C.E. ? d. John: 90-95 C.E. e. The time gap between Jesus’ Death and the 1 st accounts of his life: 35- 65 years i. ** what was happening during this time??? B. Critical Events: The Spread of Christianity a. Christianity spreading throughout the Roman EMPIRE b. Started with small group in Judea c. Christian communities dotted several areas d. Start converting people by telling these stories of Jesus; to do this one would have to give up their current God and present lifestyle e. Almost everyone who was telling the stories are the ones who were NOT THERE to see it f. Stories are changed over time, stories get made up C. Critical Results: The Fate of Traditions a. Telling stories that may not have happened b. There is a possibility that stories in the Testament are fake D. Critical Questions: Objections from the Class II. Other Issues to Consider A. The Authorship of the Gospels a. Do not know the authors b. Jesus’ followers were lower class peasants from Galilee who were illiterate
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