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Ch. 1 NT Discovering Historical Jesus

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Kelsie Bordelon

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Transcript of Ch. 1 NT Discovering Historical Jesus

Sec. 4 Formation of the Gospels
Sec. 3 The Scriptures and Jesus
Sec. 2 Historical Evidence
Sec 1: One Solitary Life
Discovering Historical Jesus
What makes these people influential?
Status, money, power, etc...??
The Story of Eliot
How could this
life be so influential?
Jesus' Life
What do you know of Jesus' life?
birth, life, miracles, death, etc.?
How do these facts compare to your first list?
Something different....
If Jesus wasn't wealthy, powerful, ...etc., how is He the most influential of all time??
Remember our desires???
CCC 27: "The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for"
Original sin
caused rifts: God, nature, self
Meeting Jesus
"Were not our hearts burning within us" - Luke 24:32
Chapel reflection: the woman at the well
Discovering Truth
There are
ways to discover truth
1.) Reason
Logical inferences and conclusions
2.) Divine Revelation (Faith)
Believing without full proof or understanding
Where's the Body?
Canvas discussion: "15 Logical Reasons"
Jesus of History
Fact or Fiction?
Where do we get our information?
Main info comes from the
Is there non-biblical evidence?
Ex. Flavius Josephus
What does it mean to say the scriptures are inspired?
The Canon of Scripture
A list of inspired books of the Bible
Kanon = measuring rod
How did the Church decide what books "measured up"?
Criteria for Canonicity
1. Apostolic origin
2. Widespread acceptance
3.) Conformity to the faith
Holy Spirit's guidance helping the Bible's authors write God's Word
Traveling Through Italy video
Catholic Canon of Scripture
Remind me, What's the Canon??
Old Testament
New Testament
Pink hamsters wear pants
Pentateuch (5)
Historical (18)
Wisdom (7)
Prophets (16)
Girls always love rings
Gospels (4)
Acts of the Apostles (1)
Letters (21)
Revelation (1)
What even is that-OT?!
Jewish law
God's people living out the covenant
Poetry, allegory, advice
Spoke for God, warnings and Messiah
AKA Torah
The "Heart" of the Matter
The Gospels are the heart of the Bible
Contain info about Jesus'
4 Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Do they have to be the same to be true?
Stage 1: Public Life and Teachings of Jesus
(birth - death)
Disciples = eyewitnesses
Jesus' besties
Stage 2: Oral Tradition
(20 yrs after Christ's death)
1.) Kerygma:
Preaching to non-believers
2.) Didache:
Teaching or catechesis to believers
3.) Liturgy:
Gospel in action
Example: Supersize Me
Stage 3: New Testament Writings
Reasons for writing down the Gospel message:
1.) The world WASN'T ending
2.) The message was getting distorted
3.) Good for referencing
Epic Quote
What 3 options can we view Jesus as according to C.S. Lewis?
"A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice.
Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God.
But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
-C.S. Lewis (British author and theologian)
What does this one solitary life mean to you?
(Wait....where is Jesus in all of this?)
Bible Lovin' Time
What do these OT texts say about Jesus?
1.) Micah 5:2
2.) Psalm 69:8
3.) Psalm 2:7
4.) Isaiah 61:1-2
5.) Zechariah 11:12-13
6.) Zechariah 12:10
7.) Psalm 22:18
What can we conclude about Jesus in the OT?
46- ?
27 - ?
Just as the Apostles relayed the gospel message in different styles to different audiences, you will be able to do the same
Read Genesis 6-9:1-7
In groups of 4, present this scripture with the following audience
Hill-billy kindergarteners
"Kim Kardashian" obsessed fanatics who never heard of the Bible
A group of rappers who grew up knowing the story
Jesus-lovin' Brits who truly want to dive deeper into their faith
Both are important!
The Gospel of Judas
What about the books that didn't make it?
The greatest love story
Divine Revelation
What is Divine Revelation?
God's self-communication
Meets US where WE are at
Reveals the mystery of God's plan for our salvation
to video?
What do we mean by "SALVATION HISTORY"?
Story of God's saving activity in human history
Established through a series of covenants (promises)
Revelation = unveiling
Human Reason
Human reason can recognize that God exists
Ex. Creation and the world around us
Explore the evidence of Jesus' existence
If you are Christian, please stand
Two big identities to prove:
Why are they important?
C.S. Lewis
Prove that your leader, Jesus Christ, lived on earth and was truly God
Bell Ringer:
In our class folder, under bell ringer, create a doc and title it with your name. An alien lands on earth and tells you he has heard of a man named Jesus and came here to find out about him. How do you respond?
Right now
You have 5 minutes
You’ve got three choices:

Choice 1.
He knew that He was not God and that none of His claims were true.
What would you say about Him? _______________________
Choice 2.
Jesus was wrong, but sincerely believed all these fantastic claims. What would you say about Him then and why? ________________________
Choice 3
His claims were totally true. Who would Jesus be then?
What's the evidence?
Can we go all "NCIS" on the Bible?
Who do YOU believe Jesus is?
15 Logical reasons
How do we know Jesus was real?
How do we know what he did was real?
Check Point!!!
how YOU doin'?!
What does this mean?
How does the Holy Spirit inspire scripture? What is the canon, and what criteria must be met by books included in the canon?

Bell work:
What (or who) is something that inspires you? How does it affect you? (Answer on your bell work doc and put today's date)
Check point!!!!!
1.) Who is the author of scripture?
2.) Why would the Catholic Church have a say in developing the canons?
3.) The "Gospel of Martha" was written in 125 AD by the supposed apostle Martha. It wrote about how Jesus washed her feet and she was overwhelmed with reverence. Does this violate any of the criteria for forming canons? Why/why not?
Remember Gospel of Judas?
How were the Gospels formed? How did the formation of the Gospels help safeguard the message of the Good News shared by Jesus?
Bell work:
Watch this youtube video and explain how this relates to what you know about the gospels/disciples/life of Jesus. What lines/verses stuck out to you to support your answer?
what happens when you have good news to share?
synoptic = similar
porcelain unicorn
how were the gospels formed in the first place?
how do we know the Gospel is Good News?
Lip Dub Jesus
What if this was the message the disciples heard?
Do you think they would have shared it? Why or why not?
What the disciples witnessed first-hand was life changingly good!
"Go out and proclaim the gospel" - Matt 16:16
Would you have the courage to do this? Why or why not? What would this look like for you? Do you have to be a super holy person to do this? (ie Pope Francis, Mother Teresa)
How do we really achieve this?
St Francis -
"Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words"
Allow this message to transform us so that we can transform the world!
(Sister Act - I will follow Him)
Individual work!
answer on google doc
(latter half of 1st century)
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