The fact that the author of the book did not identify himself as he wrote the book refrain to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” has brought a lot of conclusion to the author of the book along the years. But the question remains: Who wrote the Gospel of John? Introduction Following the ministry of Jesus here on earth, the several accounts were recorded in the first four books of the bible. The gospel, as they were referred to have similarities in all aspects and they tend to contain similar stories of Christ’s mission compared to one another. In spite of that, it is
WHO IS JESUS CHRIST AND WHAT HIS MISSION TO THE WORLD It is generally accepted that Jesus was truly a man who walked on the earth in Israel 2000 years ago. The real debate begins when the subject of Jesus' full identity is discussed. C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity writes :“I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.' Almost every major religion teaches that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher or a godly man.
You see this is the amazing part of God’s plan that we are not enemies but we join together with Christ as new people. Verse five states the mystery had been hidden. No one ever knew anything about it until Paul. The prophets in the Old Testament knew many things but didn’t know this. You see this news was ground-breaking that even angles were amazes.
If a Christian does not understand Genesis; it may be extremely difficult for them to truly grasp the entire concept of God’s salvation by grace. The very first word in Genesis is the Hebrew word bereshith; meaning “In the beginning of God’s creation”. The next word is defined as bara in Hebrew. This word informs the reader that God made something out of nothing. In the beginning God made something out of nothing.
Both stories have many similarities and also many differences. Many of the similarities pertain to God and the nature of God. There are also differences between the two creation stories such as the mention of the fall from grace in Genesis whereas the Leiden Hymns have no mention of this. Both the Leiden Hymns and Genesis are about the creation of the world. Both stories portray God as a perfect, all seeing, all knowing being, “God is a master craftsman… all powerful one”(1,7) “And Sarah dissembles, saying ‘I did not laugh,’ for she was afraid.
The bible portrays the world as we know it being created by one god. This shows that this is a monotheistic religion. It doesn’t have a specific name of somebody who wrote it so it could’ve been one or multiple authors for it. In the bible they do say that God inspired some people to write about his doings and these people of the Old Testament aren’t listed. But in the New Testament, each book was most likely written by the person.
Many theories have been made concerning the story of creation and many scholars have come up with different views based on creation. One of the theories is the Gap theory which suggests that God created the world and after that there was a Pre-Adamic war that led to a catastrophe and as a result God had to destroy the world and recreate it again. The other theory that was made is the Day Age theory which suggests that each day represents an age. The Bible describes clearly the creation account and is the only source which is reliable. The bible authors regularly employed creation metaphors in order to put their subject matter within the context of God’s activity in creation.
While literal hypotheses such as the Supplement Hypothesis and the Documentary Hypothesis (which are discussed and delineated by Whybray) try to account for the inerrancy of humankind as the ammunation toward dismantling the Pentateuch as a complete narrative authored by Moses, I simply look to scripture to why these theories should not influence the weightof the Bible as inspired literature from God to Moses. 2 Peter 1:21 (which Archer also points out), which states “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” is one reason alone why I hold to the traditional view. One can also point to scripture within Pentateuch, throughout the rest of the Old Testament and allusions iterated in the New Testament to validate Moses as the author: Exodus 34:27 and Joshua 1:8, 8:32 to name a few. Nevertheless, there are numerous albeit yet-to-be substantiated reasons why the traditional view does not hold up. For one, how can Moses be the author when he dies in the book, so how would have he written the whole thing?
REFLECTION PAPER Last November 13, 2014, our section watched a Discovery Channel Documentary entitled “Jesus: The Missing History” that was hosted by a biblical scholar Kent Dobson. The documentary focuses on the truthfulness of what is written in the Bible regarding the life of Jesus Christ. The documentary has this strong impact on me that the same questions that the speaker, Kent Dobson, have in his mind. Since I was a child I have cling to the Bible verse in John 20:29 saying “Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.” This line was said by Jesus Christ to His disciple Thomas when he doubted the resurrection of Christ. And after having the same questions as Kent Dobson and, somehow, the same doubt as disciple Thomas has I have cling more to the Bible verse in John 20:29.
The importance of context in Biblical interpretation This essay seeks to briefly consider and discuss the importance of context in Biblical interpretation. Before seeking to discuss the importance of context in Biblical interpretation, it is considered necessary to briefly consider the need for any interpretation of the Bible. Whilst this topic is the subject of much debate considerable theological literature, it is important to recognise why we must (and indeed how those of us reading in a language other than ancient Hebrew or Greek already do) interpret scripture. Fee and Stuart note that; “The Bible is not a series of propositions and imperatives;..... [Indeed such a book might have made things easier for us.] But, fortunately, that is not how God chose to speak to us.