[Short Answer] Answer the following questions:
Compare and contrast the religious, political, and social views of the Samaritans, Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes.
Describe some features of Greco-Roman religion. In what ways did religion function differently then than it does for people today?
What are differences between ancient biographies and modern ones?
How do each of the synoptic gospels
In Mark 11:12??"14 Jesus curses a fig tree. This story is intercalated (sandwiched) with another story in the Gospel
. How does the story of the fig tree help us interpret the other story?
Why does Luke use both Hellenistic and Jewish images to convey who Jesus is?
How do Matthew and Luke tell the stories of the birth of Jesus differently? How is this significant for each of their gospels
[Long Answer] Discuss the Themes of Luke:
What is the Synoptic Problem? Which Gospels
are part of it? Discuss the “Four-Source Hypothesis” (also called the Two-Source Hypothesis) and the implication this hypothesis has for dating the Synoptic Gospels
What is the messianic secret? How does this motif function as a theme in Mark’s Gospel
Discuss Mark’s portrayal of the disciples, particularly Peter. How are they presented and why?
Describe the development of the New Testament canon. What are the different stages of transmission?
Discuss the ways in which Matthew portrays Jesus as a new Moses. Give specific examples.
Discuss literary presentation and style of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Also discus
the presentation of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
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