An Introduction to Theology by Victoria La'Porte

By Victoria La'Porte

An creation to Theology provides a full of life, modern method of theological questions. It offers with a couple of major theological matters together with the Enlightenment, biblical feedback, issues of the Creeds, sleek factors of existence and its questions, and rebuilding theology within the smooth global. The procedure is largely "problem established" within the experience that it seeks to investigate and discover the problems with definite facets of Christian theology. The reader is requested to have interaction in and grapple with very important demanding situations to theology from the philosophical to the mental and sociological, together with philosophical demanding situations to theology from Plato to the current; the relevance of Creeds for modern theology; the clash among clinical and spiritual factors of occasions; the life of different religions; and demanding situations from Marxism, liberalism, and feminism.

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It is important not to think that the only approach to the New Testament is purely a historical one. 15 Recently different considerations have been taken into account ± for example, how do readers respond to the text? What meanings can they draw from the text? How is the Gospel structured to convey a particular meaning? The approach therefore can be fairly literary. Also becoming increasingly significant is a form of criticism that has been labelled ideological criticism. This includes looking at the particular society in which the biblical material was written and how this has shaped the tradition.

These small units are known as pericopes. The larger groupings, Sanders ± 24 ± What can we know about Jesus? writes, were written on sheets of papyrus. They were circulated among the various Christian communities. Sanders proposes that these groups were put together in what is known as `proto-gospels'. These proto-gospels consist of connected stories. So, therefore, a proto-gospel could consist of pericopes dealing with Jesus' conflict with the Jews, his trial or execution. Or perhaps, Sanders argues, a proto-gospel might consist of sayings relating to the `ongoing life of the Christian communities' (such as ethical issues, questions of ranks and sayings about missionary work for example).

They change when they deviate from Mark. This shows that Mark formed the backbone or basis of the other two Gospels. He must have come first. 3. Matthew and Luke include large amounts of material not in Mark (such as the ± 27 ± An Introduction to Theology Beatitudes). If Mark used Matthew and Luke it would be unclear why he left so much material out. 10 Therefore the overlap between Matthew, Mark and Luke can be best explained by the fact that Matthew and Luke drew on the contents of Mark. This is known as the `triple tradition'.

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