New Testament—The Gospels of Luke and John

Please answer the first question given below; then, choose one from the remaining two questions in the writing of this assignment. Answer your two chosen questions thoroughly and thoughtfully, demonstrating critical reflection in your content. In your answers, support your claims with frequent references to the Bible. The Bible should be cited as follows: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters” (Gen. 1: 1-2; NRSV). If you use ideas derived from the notes in our course study Bible or any other source, be sure to cite the source. This should be done as follows when no author is listed, using our study Bible as an example: “Abram’s move to a new land was considered by early Christians to be an act of great faith” (NISB, p.26). You could also cite this as: (New Interpreter’s, p. 26). The most important thing is to cite all outside sources and all biblical references. The completed assignment must be type-written, single or 1.5 spaced and should consist of at least 2.5 to 3 pages of content in length. Please number the questions you choose to answer, treating each one individually in complete sentence and paragraph form. This assignment is due Tuesday, November 12. You may either print out a hard copy to hand in at the beginning of class or you may post your assignment to ANGEL before the start of class. No late submissions will be accepted unless due to excused absence. Each of your answers will be worth 20 points for a total of 40 points. I will primarily be looking at content and the organization of your response in light of the corresponding question, but grammar does count! Please use complete sentences and good English mechanics to the best of your ability in the writing of your assignment. You must answer the first question!! 1. Focusing on Jesus’ announcement of his mission in Luke 4:16-21, explain how this citation from the prophet Isaiah is fulfilled throughout Luke’s gospel. In other words, what are some specific examples (cite at least four) in which Jesus’ life and teaching demonstrate good news to the poor, freedom for the captives, etc.? In your answer, consider the extent that Jesus was concerned about both physical and spiritual freedom. Finally, offer your own reflections: how does Luke’s development of this theme help you better understand Jesus’ life and ministry? Then, choose one from the following questions: 2. In John’s gospel, there are a number of different miracles (referred to as signs) that, as the NISB study notes explain, “point beyond themselves to the revelation of God in Jesus.” Choose at least three of these signs (e.g., changing water into wine in John 2; healing the official’s son in John 4; feeding the five thousand in John 6; or raising Lazarus from the dead in John 11) and explain how they demonstrate God’s power working through Jesus. What are the most important spiritual truths conveyed by these particular miracles? Develop a response to these miracles or signs; how do they help you better understand Jesus’ identity as the Messiah? 3. In John 13:34-35, Jesus gives his disciples a “new commandment”: to love one another as Jesus has loved them. Since the command to “love one’s neighbor” had long been a part of the Scriptures, explain what is “new” about this commandment. What examples does Jesus provide throughout his ministry as illustrations of this kind of love (see especially John 13: 1-15)? How might this love be expressed or demonstrated in the Christian community? Conclude with some of your own reflections on this theme.

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