Sunday, July 24, 2011

Yale Open Course: New Testament 11

The eleventh lecture is on the Gospel of John.

  • Synoptics say Jesus' ministry is 1 year long, and occurred after John the Baptist's ministry was over
  • John says Jesus' ministry is 3 years long, and overlaps John the Baptist's ministry
  • The prof says he goes to a church w/ priests (Catholic? Episcopalian?) 
  • Jesus in synoptics is almost silent during his trial, in John he has philosophical discussions
  • anachronisms- calling certain people "the Jews" (all were jews), excommunication for belief in Jesus as messiah (this was not an issue early on because many were claiming to be messiah)
  • Jesus claimed to be the "I AM" in the book of Exodus

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