RELG 307 Lecture 22: RELG307 Lecture 22 Notes

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Religious Studies Program
RELG 307

RELG307 Lecture 22 Notes • Matthew and Luke made as improvements on Mark o Mark ended with empty tomb, but women freeze and do nothing o Mark opened gospel with stories of John ▪ At the point of Jesus’ baptism, his ministry begins ▪ Matthew begins Jesus’ career with the advent of the Holy Spirit • Matthew and Luke write additional beginning where advent begins with birth of Jesus o Holy Spirit is father that causes Mary to conceive o Raised concerns in early church • The Gospel of Phillip o Raises question about theory of virgin birth o “Since when, then, did a woman conceive by a woman?” ▪ fundamental problem when thinking in these terms • obvious female (Mary, mother of Jesus) • unnatural conception o Joseph has no hand in this matter o Conceives by the Holy Spirit ▪ Who/what is the Holy Spirit? • Masculine entity • “Spirit” is translated as a feminine word from Hebrew • “Q” was realized and made available in Antioch through the author of the Gospel of Matthew o he was carrying with him a collection of the sayings of Jesus o you can see from Q that Jesus restricts his ministry to Israel alone ▪ isn’t portrayed as going outside of Israel to Gentiles ▪ only at end when he appears to give the great commission does Jesus say “go out into the world” • mission gets increasingly directed to Gentiles (non-Jews) o Matthew and Luke ▪ Luke uses Q throughout chapters 9-18 • Lukan travel log • Concentrated in this section ▪ Matthew clusters Q in 5 locations • Sermon on the Mount o Chapters 5-7 • Missionary discourse o Chapter 10 • Parable Chapter o 13 • Discourse on Community Regulations (life in the church) o Chapter 18 • The Apocalyptic Discourse o Chapter 24-25 • Wants to present Jesus as a teacher and giver of the new law, Torah
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