Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yale Open Course: New Testament 9 & 10

The 9th and 10th lectures are about the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, respectively.
  • Luke and Acts were written by the same anonymous person
  • Unlike Mark, Luke doesn't mention the "abomination of desolation" in context with the destruction of the temple
  • Author is not an eye-witness to events in the Gospels
  • Prof says this Gospel was written after 70 CE because the it says things that happened to Jerusalem that Mark does not say, e.g. "surrounded by armies," "will fall by the sword," "will be led captive into all nations," and "will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles."
  • The theme of Jesus' death is that "prophets are killed by their own people," instead of it being an atonement.
  • Prof says that unlike Luke, Mark has Jesus change the Law, e.g. in Mark 7:19 about Jesus declaring all foods clean.  (I emailed the prof about this phrase not being in the Greek)

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