Biblical Essay: Analysis of Paul's Letter To The Galatians When Paul attended the Jerusalem Conference in 48 or 49, a decision was made that gentiles would be allowed to become Christians without becoming Jews first (ie. have a circumcision, and follow the Jewish Laws). Paul, being the one that defended the gentile's right to be Christians, became the apostle to the gentiles. Why would Paul, a Jew, want to be an apostle to gentiles? According to him, Jesus appeared to him in AD 32 or 36, and told him to preach the good news to the gentiles (Gal 1:16).
He implies that his gospel originates from God and Jesus Christ, signifying to the audience that his words should be noted. Paul further builds his credibility by giving a background of his advancement in Judaism and his calling as an apostle for the Gentiles (Galatians 1.13-2... ... middle of paper ... ...of defense into a triumphant presentation of gospel in the Letter to the Galatians. The requirement of Galatians to follow the Law of Moses in order to convert to Christianity is proven invalid by Paul, who teaches that faith in Christ and living by the Spirit is essential to the religion—not following gratuitous rules of the flesh. Paul offers guidance for the audience on how to follow the gospel he teaches in contrast to the strict and changeable rules his opposition forces upon the Galatians. By using an appeal to ethos to build his credibility with the audience, an appeal to logos to explain the triviality of the traditional laws of Judaism, and allegories to provide the innovative interpretation of God as a father to his followers, Paul is able to successfully spread his gospel of faith in Christ and living by the Spirit to the Galatians and other audiences.
Ironically, the Jews rejection of Jesus as Messiah was the catalyst for the leaders of the church to take the message to the Gentiles. This growing movement threatened the foundation of the Roman Empire. Although controversial, the Bible is used as a primary source document to understand the beliefs and customs of Judaism and Christianity. For the majority of Christians, the Bible is seen as historically accurate and is fundamental to their faith. The difficulties that the early church faced such as racism, tradition, and immorality are the same struggles we face today.
It was there with God from the beginning. Everything came to be by means of it” (John 1:1-3). Mark’s portrait of Jesus as a servant originates from the middle of the first century, Mark wrote his gospel during this time of persecution because the people being oppressed lacked faith that God would provide for them. Mark gives them the model of Jesus as a man submissive to the Lord so that they can receive salvation if they remain faithful to the servant of God. Mark stresses that Jesus is a suffering Messiah with the passage concerning Jesus praying to God that “Abba(Father), all things are po... ... middle of paper ... ...s is that Mark aimed to capture Jesus actually serving, so any background information related to his development was extraneous.
Peter answered with the Spirit. The power by which the crippled man was healed was that of Jesus of Nazareth. Not only that, but Peter accused the Sanhedrin of responsibility for rejecting and killing Christ. He also noted God’s power in raising Jesus from the dead. Peter’s speech to the Sanhedrin summarizes his other two sermons.
The gospels portray various characteristics and aspects of Jesus. This forms the representation of who people say and think He is. Through the gospel of Mark, the responders come across many events where He performs miracles, from the power and benefit of good deed, of healing the sick and casting away demons possessed in those who have enough faith in God. Proceeding towards the end of the gospel, the responders learn that He is the Messiah - the ‘anointed one’ or ‘the chosen one’ and that He has come to offer the responders forgiveness for their sins and that He promises them salvation and a place in His coming kingdom. The audience encounters many parables where He preaches the goodness of the Lord and proclaims the Good News.
Judaism dates backs to the covenant between God and Abraham around 1800 B.C. Christianity was birthed from Judaism after the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Judaist do not believe that Christ was the messiah and this allowed the division of Judaism. Even though their beginnings cross, today the Christian and Judean community misunderstand each other. This essay will look at the misunderstandings and discuss if studying Judaism will assist in the elimination of the misunderstanding.
The Teachings of Matthew The Gospel according to Matthew is the first book in the New Testament, and also serves as a bridge between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The gospel tells us of Jesus and his teachings. It is believed that the Gospel originated with Matthew, one of Jesus' disciples, and it circulated anonymously (Harris 149). The message in this gospel was compiled to minister to a Jewish and Jewish-Christian community when tensions between early Christians and postwar Jewish leaders aggravated bitter controversy. The Gospel of Matthew was written as an encouragement to the Greek-speaking Jewish Christians and Gentiles who were, at least partly, Torah observant during the 80s C.E.
The key is that the New Testament writers believed that Jesus was the Messiah, and so these predictions of the Hebrew Bible, according to the New Testament writers, correspond to Jesus’ life. Typology is the relationship between an event in the Hebrew Bible and another event in the Christian New Testament. The New Testament writer of John, for instance, believed the near-sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis was to foreshadow the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. WORKS CITED NIV Study Bible. 3rd ed.
He said to them " I have chosen you to be with meâ€¦I will also send you out to preach, and you will have the authority to drive out demons." This shows that Jesus trusted that the 12 were able and ready to preach the word of God. Twelve disciples were chosen, this could have been to represent the 12 Jewish leaders, which went on to become founders of Jewish tribes. There are many costs and rewards of discipleship; the main cost is made clear in Mark 8: 34, "forget self, carry his cross and come with me." This showed what qualities Jesus actually wanted out of the disciples; these included commitment, co-operation, courage, and not to discriminate against anyone.