Chapter One: Christology 1.Who is Jesus? A personal/and communal response (Lk.9:18-21) 2.Three days: He is Risen. Now what?p.8-9 3.Titles- (page 10) *
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Chapter One: Christology 1.Who is Jesus? A personal/and communal response (Lk.9:18-21) 2.Three days: He is Risen. Now what?p.8-9 3.Titles- (page 10) * 4.History: This Jesus walked the earth: the Nativity stories, his life stories, his suffering and death: Kergyma
Chapter 1: Christology (c’t) Jesus of faith: the conviction that he was the Son of God, eventually led to the belief that he was God (Jn.1:1) The struggle then and now is to find the language to understand this profound concept. However, Jesus promised not to leave the apostles (nor those to follow in faith) orphaned. Read Jn.14-17 on the role of the Holy Spirit *
Chapter One (c’t) “The purpose of this course is to provide information so that you can glimpse how credible the Christian faith is and discover for yourself an honest, mature answer to the question, “Who do you say that I am?”
How Do We Learn about Jesus? Major source: The Gospels The people who have studies the Gospels and give us the “fruits” of their labors: Biblical Scholars & Theologians The Text in which their findings may be found is the Jerome Biblical Commentary.
The Christian Scriptures Old Testament- ecumenical reference is to say the Hebrew Scriptures The New Testament (Covenant)- - Begins with the Gospels - Acts of the Apostles (Luke Acts) and then - The Epistles (letters) writings of St. Paul - Other letters referred to as the Catholic Letters There are 27 books in the NT These books are in the canon *
Non-Christian Sources Hstorical Sources Josephus a Jewish historian who wrote roughly 60 yrs., after the death of Jesus Tacitus a Roman historian who referred to Jesus in the fire in Rome 64c.e. emperor, Nero’s debacle * read p.17 on this … Pliny the Younger, a Roman governor 110 c.e., mentions Jesus and the Christians at his time. Seutonius 120 c.e., a Roman lawyer, he uses the word Chrestus, In connection with his having difficulties with the Christians. It is generally agreed by historians that it refers to Jesus.
What Do you Remember? Who wrote the Acts of the Apostles? What are other names for the Holy Spirit? How would you explain the Jesus of History and the Jesus of Faith? What word is used for the accepted, authoritative books of the Bible? What is the primary source for learning about Jesus? What is the principle theme that unifies the New Testament? * Can you name the non-Christian writers in noting the historical Jesus and briefly “define” them?