Christainity questions - 3rd edition.

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NAME:__________________________ TIME:__________ 3rd EDITION Christianity 1 (O 166-171 : Celebrating a Birth; Christian Origins: The Gospels and Jesus Terms : Christmas; Easter; mass ; Eucharist ; gospels; scripture; canon ; * Note: words in bold can be found in key terms section on pages 260-262. Questions : 1. How does Oxtoby unpack the meaning(s) of Christmas and Easter? What does he say about the origin of many Christmas customs? 2. In what sense does Oxtoby suggest that Christianity involves an affirmation of doctrine? How is this similar to and/or different from Judaism and Islam? 3. What does Oxtoby say about the number and geographical distribution of Christianity on page 202? What major branches of Christianity does he introduce on page 203? 4. What key moments in the history of Christianity does Oxtoby highlight on page 203? 5. Compare Oxtoby’s presentation of the gospel author’s presentation of Jesus and his attempt to sketch the basic points about Jesus’ life? In what manner do these differ? (thick and thin description) 6. As historical evidence what does Oxtoby suggest the early Christian literature substantiates for us? What does he leave open? What does he say happened by the middle of the first century? What developments does he say happened three centuries later? What does he say to keep in mind when considering the individual gospels?
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(O 171-176) : Christian Origins: Mark; The Parables and the Source Q; Luke; Matthew; John; From Sect to Church; Paul Names : John the Baptist; Bethlehem; Galilee; Jerusalem; Herod the Great; Pilate; Ahaz; Paul; Terms / concepts : four gospels; Acts; parables; Q; birth narratives; public ministry; the Passion; scripture, event and story; Synoptics and John; Christology ; incarnation; Pentecost; the question of circumcision; Damascus Road experience; Apostle to the Gentiles; works vs. faith; Spirit vs. flesh; Questions : 1. What do we make of Jesus’ talk of “the kingdom of God”? What about Jesus’ parables? What is Q? 2. What are some noteworthy features of the gospels of Mark and Luke? 3. What features distinguish Matthew’s gospel? What questions arise when considering Matthew’s scriptural references? What possible answers can be given to the question of the relation between scripture, event and story? See e.g., Hosea 11 in Matt 2:15; Isaiah 7 in Matt 1:22-23; Zechariah 9:9 in Matt 21:5; Psalm 22 in Matthew 27:35-50. 4. How does Oxtoby compare John and the Synoptics? How does he compare the Christology (evaluation of Jesus) in Mark and John? What differences does he highlight? How does he present John’s message and evaluation of Jesus? 5. What does Oxtoby have to say about the transition from “sect” to “church”? What sort of changes did the Christian movement undergo? 6. Who was Saul/Paul? How did he refer to himself and how do we know about him? What were some of the central
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