The Gospel is divided in two main sections: first, chapter 1 to 8 shows the human part of Jesus and performing several miracles. Moreover the first section is developed in Galilee and its surround. Second, from 8: 27 a number of changes occurred, especially the explicit references to the disciples ' lack of understanding. The presentation of the figure of Jesus also changes in the last half. Mark begins to present Jesus as a figure whose destiny is completely delimited for him, beginning with the first announcement of the passion "the Son of Man must
Researching It is more interesting to look for the answers to the two questions about the structure and the literary characterization of the Fourth Gospel. I. The Structure of the Fourth Gospel: According to Raymond E. Brown and Mark L. Strauss, The Fourth Gospel has a relatively simple: “It begins with a prologue (1:1-18) identifying Jesus as the preexistent “Word” (Logos) – God’s self-revelation – who become a human being to bring grace and truth to humankind. It ends with an epilogue (chap. 21) describing a post-resurrection appearance to the disciples.
Not only that, John’s Gospel is unique from the other Gospel writers; and this uniqueness provides a beautiful picture of Jesus and his mission. Moreover, John is ultimately concerned with helping the church embrace Jesus’ full humanity and divinity. Lastly, John focuses on Jesus’ purpose to bring glory to the Father and reveal the Father to the world. All in all, John’s Gospel is a favorite among people because of the stories and presentation of Jesus. And at the same time, this Gospel continues to breath life into the church today all over the
The Gospel of John is filled with metaphors and analogies, which Jesus uses to communicate his message of salvation and repentance and explain his role as ‘the son’. One notable thing about these metaphors is the way that they compare salvation and faith to material needs and goods, and the way that the common people, who Jesus is preaching to, fail to understand them and instead take them literally. I believe that this demonstrates one of the main concerns of Jesus’ message: that most people only understood materialism and could not even begin to fathom faith and spirituality, and how detrimental this was to them. Early on in the Gospel of John, Jesus meets Nicodemus, a religious authority from among the Pharisees. Jesus tells him that “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (3:3) This is an extremely spiritual message.
Although the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark is an ancient story that is foreseeably written for a largely agrarian society with subjugated people, it has many important messages that are relevant to people in the 21st century. For instance, in the first chapter Mark elucidates upon the importance of John the Baptist. In particular, John the Baptist is described as “the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’” (Mk 1:3). Within the first three verses Mark characterizes John the Baptist as God’s “messenger” (Mk 1:2) whose purpose is to prepare people for God’s arrival in the form of Jesus (Pagola 81).
The Concept of Religion and the Study of the Apostle Paul. 7. Saul’s grew up as a devoted and a master of the Jewish religion. His love and devotion to his religion made him resent the followers of the ‘new way.’ He decides to prosecute arrest and even kill Christian. One day, while on a trip to Damascus, a bright light shone on him.
The Holy Scripture records in John, "But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." (John 21:25 RSV). Jesus was the Book in the flesh. When Jesus was born, He came to earth in the purest form of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the Holy Spirit is Christ.
Verse 23, Jesus is saying that the fulfillment of God’s prophecy has come and that God is seeking people to worship Him in Spirit and in truth (Do we really know the truth?) Verse 24, Jesus is telling the woman that they should worship God in Spirit and in truth for God is Spirit and He is truth (Do we worship God in the truth?) Verse25, the woman speaks of His hope in the Messiah, who will reveal all the spiritual truth about God when He comes. (Do we know what we hope for in our life) Verse 26, Jesus has revealed Himself to be the Messiah that she is waiting for (have we accepted the truth that we should live according to this
Especially, the Luke account of sharing was shaped by Greco- Roman friendship traditions. Nevertheless, a study of Luke’s exhortation of sharing with the poor as friendship in the Luke- Acts have not been given much focus as it ought to have because of the difficulty of the source material. Most of the scholars have argued for Hellenistic parallels , and description of the essences and the Dead Sea scrolls with the friendship language in Acts. Converse, S. Scott Bartchy posits that Luke may have used the language of friendship from Pythagoras to characterize the Jerusalem community. Among the teachings of Pythagoras were: popular concord, community of possessions among friends, worship of the Gods, legalization, education, and silence, abstinence from eating flesh of animals, temperance, wisdom, and divinity.