BACKGROUND TO THE GOSPELS
published by TPI Bangalore 1986
Most scripture quotations are taken from Today's
American Bible Society 1966 and 1976 and used with permission.
The Name: Gospel (s) Inspiration of the Gospel accounts The Date of Writing Apocryphal Gospels
Textual Tradition Reading aids Versions.
The Evangelist Process of growth of the Gospel The Gospel in the Tradition Structure Purpose and principal doctrines Passages proper to Matthew Matthew's interest in Jesus' words Typical Jewish ways of speaking.
The Evangelist Structure - St. Peter's Testimony
Phases introducing Christ Characteristics of the Gospel Passages proper to St. Mark.
The Evangelist - The Composition and structures of the Gospel Salvation for all mankind Passages proper to St. Luke Good Tidings of great joy.
The Evangelist The Structure of the Gospel Purpose John's personal Testimony The four evangelists.
Geological shape The provinces of Palestine in Jesus' time Roads and distances The northern shore of the lake of Galilee The climate of the Palestine region.
Christian chronology The family of Herod the Great
Roman rule in Palestine Date of Jesus' Public
life Political situation during that time Jesus' relationship to
A brief history The outer parts of Herod's temple
The inner courts of the temple The sanctuary Jesus and the new spiritual temple.
The origin of opposed religious groups High priests, priests and levites Sadducees The scribes or teachers of the law Hie Pharisees Jesus' attitude towards the teachers of the law The Sanhedrin.
The yearly calendar Brief characterizations of the feasts Time calculation during the day The hours of day time The watches of the night The Passover The Sabbath Our Sunday celebration.
The Synagogue Its origin, place in Jewish life, ' building & furniture Synagogue service officials of the Synagogue Law and Prophets Prayers, fasting and almsgiving Clean, unclean, purification, ablution
Circumcision Diaspora Proselytes Blasphemy.
Dress Every day food official meals Lamps Making fire Keys and Lock Agricultural tools Our Lord: the carpenter Weights and measures Money, coins and values.
What is character? How to know Jesus' character? The Psychological approach The Existential approach
How to study Jesus' life Knowing Jesus.
Aramaic Forms of speech- Idiomatic Expressions.
Political situation during that time Jesus' relationship to political rulers Jesus and Jewish nationalism.
Figures of speech Interpreting the parables Purpose of teaching in parables Parables introduced with the phrase "The kingdom of heaven is like" Do the parables contain a deeper meaning?
Miracles as signs Survey of Jesus' miraculous signs Meaning of the miracles Some difficult passages.
The Trinity Jesus and the Father Jesus and the Spirit The Trinity in the teaching of catechism.
Jesus' divinity in the foregoing chapters Jerusalem: city of Jesus' self-revelation Jesus was from all eternity with the Father Jesus the Divine Judge of all mankind He is one with God the Father Bound by an oath, Jesus states that He is God Discussion of some difficult texts.
The "Synoptic question" Study of the texts of the "Our Father" The history of the Our Father Other forms of the Our Father.
A reconstruction of the origin and growth of the "Our Father" Problems arising from the history of the "Our Father".
The cursing of the fig tree: observations and exegetical conclusions.
"Situation-in-life" The dispute about traditions The stages of Gospel formation.
Jerusalem as the scene of the passion Time- scheme - Jesus in the house of Caiaphas Jesus in Pilate's civil court The Crucifixion.
The site of Jesus' tomb History of the tomb Apparitions of the Risen Lord The meaning of the resurrection: The Paschal Mystery The Paschal Mystery and the Jewish Passover.
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