Project #93683 - Comparitive religion homework

 

 

You must watch the video www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion 

The video should only be 20 minutes! You can answer any of the 3 essay questions and they must be a mininum of 400 words per essay question. 

The maxium i can pay is $25.. But i will defiently leave a tip and good review!! I do understand its a lot but again im a college student on a low income for now. Thank you very much!!! (:

 

When answering each essay question just place your response uderneth the questions you choose to answer so i know which ones you did.. REMINDER you only have to do 3, NOT ALL.  If you do use extra sources please include the site.. You do not have to do a bibliogrpahy though. 

 

 

1. What can we know factually about the historical Jesus? What are the limitations placed upon our knowledge? How can historical and critical study aid us in a more complete understanding of the Jesus tradition? Do you think it is possible that Christ was not a real person? If there are things about his life that are not historically true is the Jesus narrative that has been handed down to us enough? (Look at one of the Part I, segments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 of the online version or  one from Part I: Who was Jesus, Jesus’ Social Class, Jesus and Judaism, Jesus the Preacher in the video version.)

 

2. Address the diversity within the Jewish community of the 1st century. Write something about the social, religious and political groups (Zealots, Essenes, Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, Scribes, Priests, John the Baptist’s Group). You can do some additional outside research if you wish. Pick one or more, compare/contrast, or go beyond information presented in the series. (Look at a segment from Part I: segments 3, 4, 5, 11, or  Part II segment 1 of the online version, or  a segment from Part I : Jesus and Judaism, The Dead Sea Scrolls,  John the Baptist and The Passion of Jesus, Part II: The First Revolt, or Part III: The Rock of Masada and the Rabbis in the video version.) 

 

3. Why do you think scholars have often suggested that St. Paul does more to influence the direction and theology of Christianity than Christ himself? Who is Paul’s ministry aimed at? How and why did he write these Epistles? What were the early communities that Paul addressed in his letters like? How does Paul’s Roman citizenship aid in his spread of the faith? (one of the Part I segments: 6, 7, 8, 9 of the online version or one of the Part II segments: The Apostle Paul, The Spread of Christianity, Jews and Gentiles, Peter & Paul in the video version.)

 

4. Select one of the Gospel segments (Mark, Matthew, Luke or John) and answer the following questions. When was it written? Who wrote it? To whom (what group of Christians) was it written? How is it like or unlike the other Gospels? What are some of the major points that are emphasized in the Gospel and what does it tell us about Jesus? Why do these Gospels survive in their use today while other early Christian scripture do not? (one of the Part II segments: 2,3,4,5 of the online version or one segment in Part III : The Gospel According to Mark, The Gospel According to Matthew, The Gospel According to Luke, The Gospel According to John in the video version.)

 

5. Address the issue of the great variety of Christian scriptures that do not make it into the Bible we use today. Who were the Gnostics? Why is our understanding of this group important to the larger understanding of the development of Christianity? What were some of the scriptures that did not survive the test of time (you may need to do a bit of outside research on this), why were they not included in the canon, and what type of pictures did they paint of Jesus? (one of the Part II segments: 7, 8, 10 of the online version or one of the Part IVsegments: Paganism and Ancient Rome, Discovery at Nag Hamadi, Bishop Irenaeus and the Canonical Gospels in the video version.)

 

6. Write about the shape, direction and diversity of Christianity in the first three centuries. How does it migrate away from Judaism, yet preserve much of its tradition and theology? How do the Persecutions impact the development of Christianity? How big were the early communities, where were they located, and how did they practice their faith? What does the Roman Empire do to eventually change the direction of Christianity? (one of the Part II segments 8,9,10,11,12 of the online version or one from Part II of the video version: The First Followers and Building the Church also Part IV Pliny the Younger, Crime to be a Christian, Defining Christianity, Rule of the Emperor Decius, The Cross.)

 

7. Choose one of the following movies or videos, view it and comment upon it using some of the historical and critical methods applied in the From Jesus to Christ series.

 

Jesus & Paul (Documentary)              The Robe (Early Christian, old classic)  

 

The Passion of the Christ                    The Last Temptation of Christ   

 

 

Quo Vadis (early Christian, old, classic)          Life of Bryan (Monty Python’s parody)

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/16/2015 12:00 pm
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