Week 3 - Week 3: What is meant by the Ascension of Jesus...

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Week 3: What is meant by the Ascension of Jesus Christ? When it talks about the ascension of Jesus Christ, it is referring to the act of Jesus ascending into heaven after his resurrection. A) What were the major forms of Jesus’ teaching? Jesus taught in many different ways to assure that his words were understood by all who listened. One way he taught was through picturesque speech. He used contrasting words and statements that would exaggerate his main point. In this category, there is no grey area. Everything is either black or white, or right and wrong. It is easy to take these examples way too literally, but by doing so one will probably end up misinterpreting the message. We don’t always immediately comprehend his commands by picturesque speech, but by stepping back from the literal translation, the message becomes pretty clear. It becomes evident that before translation in the New Testament, the use of puns is prevalent. Writers enjoyed using plays on words to give their message a double meaning. For example, in Greek the word pneuma means both “wind” and “spirit”. In a quote from Jesus to Nicodemus he uses this word in a sentence in which both translations fit. Jesus also uses an example where he plays on the words Peter ( Petros ) and compares him to a rock ( Petra ). Proverbs are used throughout the Gospel to widen significance. Often times these proverbs would contradict themselves, however both are considered to be true. One illustration of a proverb is “Take care of all the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves.” Jesus used proverbs quite frequently. Poetry is written all throughout the book of Psalms. These would usually encompass a type parallelism, either synonymous, antithetic, or step. Rhythmical structure is also present. Jesus was known to teach using parables. This has been said to have been his most remarkable way to spread his word. The parables of Jesus have provided an endless amount of inspiration and guidance to people. The word parable means “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning”. B) Define “parable”. What are the two major types of parables? Give an example of each type. The word Parable is translated to “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning”. These parables do not provide more background information than necessary to understand the core message. There are two different intentions; to warn against certain human characteristics, or to make public a characteristic of God. By being aware of what you are reading, one can avoid confusing the two different types of parables and getting a mixed message. The parable of the Good Samaritan clearly is trying to guide an individual on how they should live their life. The parable of the laborers in the vineyard is used to show people that God does not negotiate or barter. He does not make exceptions.
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C) What are the key features of Jesus’ teaching concerning God? Discuss Jesus’ use of the
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