Religion Vocabulary 4-8

Religion Vocabulary 4-8 - Religion Vocabulary The Gospels...

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Religion Vocabulary: The Gospels Chapter 4-8 Chapter 4: The Gospels Evangelist- in New Testament studies, an author of any one of the four Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the four evangelists. The word evangel (from the Greek word euangellion) literally means "gospel" or "good news," so the authors of the four Gospels are referred to as evangelists. Parable- figurative stories or sayings that convey spiritual truth through reference to mundane and earthly phenomena. Allegory- a type of figurative speech in which the elements or characters that make up a story signify concepts or other entities in the real world; for example, the parable of the sower is an allegory because the seed stands for the word of God and the four types of soil stand for different people who hear the word of God. "power" (dynamis)- the term used for miracles in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). Dynamis is the Greek word usually translated "power" or "deed of power." "signs" (semeia)- the term used to designate miracles in the Gospel of John, because they point beyond themselves to the truth about God that Jesus has come to reveal. Semeia is the Greek word normally translated "signs." Exorcism- the act of casting a demon out of a person or thing, thereby relieving the possessed entity from the control or influence of the evil spirit. Transfiguration- an event narrated in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) in which the physical appearance of Jesus is momentarily altered to allow his disciples a glimpse of his heavenly glory (Matt. 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36). pronouncement story- in the Gospels, an anecdote that is crafted to preserve the memory of something Jesus said. In such a story everything leads up to a climactic and provocative pronouncement (or saying), which usually comes at the end and is the whole point of the anecdote. Passion- in Christian theology, a term used to refer to the suffering and death of Jesus Christ. oral sources- in New Testament studies, this term refers to information about Jesus that had been transmitted orally from memory, which the Gospel writers used in composing their Gospels. Synoptic Gospels- the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, so called because their
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This note was uploaded on 10/10/2010 for the course REL 1005 taught by Professor Burkett during the Spring '09 term at LSU.

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