Body and Blood of Christ

from oral tradition to the

written word

Jesus was a Galilean Jew of the 1st century. Born around 6-7 B.C., his ministry of preaching and healing began about the year 28 and continued for a little over two years. He proclaimed his message, criticized religious leaders and chose disciples who accompanied him in his ministry. They were witnesses of what he did and said and their memories of his deeds and words form the core of an oral teaching about Jesus. After his death and resurrection in the year 30 the disciples' post-resurrection faith saw deeper significance in all that he had done and said during his lifetime.

Jesus spoke Aramaic but by the year 35 the Goodnews was preached in Greek to Jews and Gentiles. His message had already been adapted to the vocabulary of another language.

In the last third of the century written collections of Jesus sayings and miracles began to appear. The Pauline writings are the oldest writings in the New Testament (50-58). The heart of Paul's Gospel-Goodnews is the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus leading to salvation.

Christian communities felt the need for more. The four Gospels: Mark (c68-73), Matthew (c80-90), Luke (c85) John (c80-100) insist that the Goodnews begins with the life of Jesus, what he did and what he said. All four agree that at the baptism of Jesus there was a revelation that Jesus was God's Son, the Messiah.

Mark confines his story to the ministry of Jesus. Matthew and Luke push the story back to his birth. He was the Son of God from his conception. John does not mention the birth. For him the story of Jesus begins with the creation of the world. He moves it to the beginning of creation.

No single Gospel gives us a full picture of Jesus, we need them all.

 

 

Quill Pen

Jesus

This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists

From Small Beginnings

 

Exploring Together

Unfolding the Story of jesus

Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries

Story of Jesus