An Advent Symphony Week 3 Friday

An Advent Symphony Week 3 Friday

3.5  Luke When we hear the Christmas story, we normally hear a mix of Matthew and Luke; shepherds and Wise Men tumble over each other in a stable, camels and sheep in the background and possible a donkey that Mary was riding on. Spoiler Alert – none of the...
An Advent Symphony Week 3 Friday

An Advent Symphony Week 3 Thursday

3.4  Matthew It is not clear whether Matthew knew Luke’s Gospel or vice versa, though it is generally agreed both Matthew and Luke knew Mark, and both decided to add an account of Jesus birth. Matthew’s birth account is very Jewish in focus – Joseph, more than...
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An Advent Symphony Week 3 Wednesday

3.3  Mark Mark almost certainly is the earliest of the gospels. What did he think he was writing and why? Probably he is writing in the late 60s AD and to the church communities maybe in Rome, as he has to explain some Jewish customs. In the ancient world there...
An Advent Symphony Week 3 Friday

An Advent Symphony Week 3 Tuesday

3.2       Who’s Who So who else should we know about in this world that God chose to live in? The Gospels talk of Pharisees and Sadducees; there are a couple of Kings, both called Herod (which is confusing); there are Roman officials who...
An Advent Symphony Week 3 Friday

An Advent Symphony Week 3 Monday

The Way Prepared 3.1 The World of Jesus It is a very peculiar thing. God, Creator and beyond time and space, is found in a womb, constrained by birth, in a particular place and a particular time. What about all the other places and people and times? Why then, and why...
An Advent Symphony Week 3 Friday

An Advent Symphony Week 2 Saturday

Week 2 – Bible and History In the second week we think more about the prophets – Why? Because they were trying to see where God was in the world, and what God was calling people to do. How is God at work in history? What is judgement, and is God merciful?...