Who Is the Real Jesus?
Who is the Real Jesus? Mark’s or John’s?
with Jim Goss
Since the 19th century, it has been established that Mark is the oldest written gospel and that both the authors of Luke and Matthew incorporate Mark into their own writings, and then apply subtle and profound changes of their own. The Gospel of John, however, was considered to be so different from the other Gospels that it was thought to have been written independently. But in more recent times some scholars have argued that some of the literary characteristics unique to Mark are also found in John, which may indicate that John read Mark.
I have thought for some time that one of the reasons the author of John wrote his gospel was to challenge the view of Jesus presented in Mark. In those two Gospels we have profoundly different views of Jesus, his mission, and the role of discipleship. In class, we are going to compare the two Gospels in which the authors use Jesus to tell the story that was meaningful within their particular communities. We hope to discover aspects of the lively discussions and disagreements that were taking place in the early Christian movement that gave it vital, creative energy.
Sundays beginning May 15 – June 5, 2-3 p.m.
Hybrid: Fireside Room or via Zoom
Childcare is available upon request with 5 days notice. Contact Elisa Stone: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85162269953?pwd=OWRlYktCZktMcTEwOHZoMHVlN0dHUT09
Meeting ID: 851 6226 9953