As we have seen in previous weeks, the Gospels are remarkably similar in many respects, displayed in our harmony study. At the same time, as redaction criticism has shown, each Gospel offers a distinctive portrait of Christ, presenting unique themes, events, and structures. In order to highlight the special contributions of each Gospel, the remainder of this course will look at each Gospel in turn, with 1 week devoted to an overview of each Gospel. First, we will explore Matthew 113. Learning about the distinctive contributions of each Gospel is important for any theologian. Read the following resources in order to better understand the first portion of Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew 113 Strauss, Four Portraits, One Jesus, pages 261279, 289306 Green, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, “Sermon on the Mount/Plain (Links to an external site.)” Green, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, “Ethics of Jesus (Links to an external site.)” Green, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, “Blessing and Woe (Links to an external site.)” Then, watch the following video lecture: People have many methods of connecting and remembering information. Learning through music is 1 of the most effective ways through which we remember and recall concepts. In this discussion, you will highlight your musical creativity and demonstrate your knowledge of course concepts by contributing to a class playlist of songs that connect to 1 of the articles above in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels.
In some way, you will have to do a bit of research to understand lyrics, artist backgrounds, or reasons for writing the song, and social context. You may even find a biblical connection to a song that may or may not have been intended by the artist. In your initial post, offer 1 song entry to the group. It may help to review what has already been offered, as there should be no repetition of titles. As this is a group effort, please be conscious of keeping your choices free from obscenities or offense. Each entry should contain: The song title and artist A short description of the song (lyrics, style, context) A rationale of how it connects, enhances or contributes to our understanding of one of the articles above.