The person of Jesus Christ

The person of Jesus Christ             (Developments in Christian Thought 2b)

  1. What does ‘Christ’ mean?
  2. What does ‘Messiah’ mean?
  3. How did St. Matthew present Jesus in his Gospel?
  4. What repeated message about Jesus’ Jewish heritage do we see in the Sermon on the Mount?
  5. Jesus said, “I have come not to abolish [the law] but to fulfil it.” What did he mean by this?
  6. What are the two key themes in the teachings of Jesus?
  7. What is meant by the term ‘metanoia’?
  8. How is metanoia is seen in the Parable of the Prodigal Son?
  9. What does ‘aphiemi’ mean?
  10. How is aphiemi shown in the Parable of the Prodigal Son?
  11. What key phrase from the Lord’s Prayer focuses on forgiveness?
  12. List three phrases used by Jesus to criticise the Pharisees.
  13. Who were the Pharisees?
  14. Jesus criticised the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. In what ways were they hypocritical?
  15. Jesus criticised the Pharisees for their legalism. In what ways were they legalistic?
  16. How did Jesus intensify the law of Moses?
  17. What does it mean to say that Jesus can be seen as a liberator?
  18. What messages emerge from the story of Jesus healing the haemorrhaging women?
  19. What messages are given by the story of Jesus’ treatment of the woman at the house of Simon the Pharisee?
  20. How does the Parable of the Good Samaritan show Jesus as liberator?
  21. How does the triumphal entry show Jesus as liberator?
  22. How does the cleansing of the temple show Jesus as liberator?
  23. How is the title ‘Son of God’ understood in Jewish thought?
  24. How does the title ‘Son of God’ linked with the titles ‘Christ’ and ‘Messiah’?
  25. How was the title ‘Son of God’ understood in Greek thought?
  26. How did Jesus use of the phrase “I am” link him to God?
  27. What evidence is there from scripture that Jesus saw himself as the Son of God?
  28. Why do some theologians argue that Jesus could not have been fully God?
  29. What alternative explanation is there to the traditional interpretation of Jesus as Son of God?
  30. What does it mean to say that Jesus is the new Adam?
  31. What do the miracles performed by Jesus show about Jesus?
  32. In the New Testament, what is the meaning of the word that is translated as ‘miracle’?
  33. Some theologians disagree that miracles are divine actions. What is there alternative explanation?
  34. Give an example of how a miracle story can be interpreted as both a divine action and an insight into the kingdom of God.
  35. According to St. Paul, why is the resurrection especially important as a miracle?
  36. How does the resurrection of Jesus show divine power?
  37. What does it mean to say the resurrection of Jesus is the ‘first fruits’ of a harvest?

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