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The Essential Jesus. The Infancy Narratives & the Baptism of Jesus. Assignments. (due Mon., 4/11) Print out PPt notes (3/pg w/ lines for notes; Read pp. 82-87 > “…our ordinariness”; RQs 1-7, p. 91 ( due Weds., 4/27) Read pp. 87-90; RQs 8-12, p. 91

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the essential jesus

The Essential Jesus

The Infancy Narratives & the Baptism of Jesus

  • (due Mon., 4/11) Print out PPt notes (3/pg w/ lines for notes; Read pp. 82-87 > “…our ordinariness”; RQs 1-7, p. 91
  • (due Weds., 4/27) Read pp. 87-90; RQs 8-12, p. 91
  • (due Thurs., 4/28) Read pp. 91-97; RQs 1-5, p. 97
  • (due Fri., 4/29) Read JPII quotes, choose a favorite, and write 1 pgph. reflection
  • (due Weds., 5/4) Read pp. 97-100; do “Miracles” exercise on pp. 100-101.
  • (due Fri., 5/6) Read pp. 101-103; RQs on p. 103
  • (due ., 4/12) Parent Interview:
    • Why is Xmas celebrated on Dec. 25th?
    • What is the most important meaning of Christmas?
    • Written summary of parents’ response/reaction
  • (due ., /) / Activity 2, p. 127 (Add: Has your Confirmation been a real, mature “owning” of your faith? Why or why not?)
  • (Tues., 5/10) TEST on Ch. 3
    • Review Questions
    • Notes (Netclassroom)
    • Ppt notes
  • (due ) All preps complete for classes on Gospels
  • (due ) Mark
  • (due ) Matthew
  • (due ) Luke
  • (due ) John
infancy narratives
“Infancy Narratives”
  • In Matthew & Luke only… why?
    • Early Christians’ preaching (kerygma) about the Risen Christ focused on
      • Death and resurrection
      • Life, teachings & deeds/miracles
    • Only later are Christians interested in birth/childhood of Jesus
    • Mark: earliest Gospel; pre-dates this interest
matthew luke
Ancestry of Jesus

Conception of Jesus

Born in Bethlehem

Visit of the Magi

Escape into Egypt

Slaughter of Innocents

Return to Nazareth in Galilee

Jesus’ & John’s births foretold



Birth/circmcsn of John


J the B’s “hidden life”

Birth of Jesus

Visit of Shepherds

Presentation in Temple

Jesus’ “hidden life”

Jesus at 12: lost in Temple

Matthew Luke
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“Infancy Narratives”
  • Matthew: Jewish audience
    • Joseph’s perspective (descendant of David)
    • Features Joseph, Herod, Magi & flight into Egypt: Why?
  • Luke: Outcast Gentile audience
    • Mary’s perspective (lowly/woman, etc.)
    • Features Mary, Shepherds, Simeon: Why?
the betrothal mt 1 18 25
The Betrothal (Mt. 1:18-25)
  • Jewish betrothal
    • A blessing of the relationship
    • Official commitment as binding as marriage
    • Lasted one year
    • Broken only by a divorce
the annunciation lk 1 26 38
The Annunciation (Lk. 1:26-38)
  • Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she is to conceive and bear a Son
    • “angel” from Gk. = Messenger/ bringer of news
    • Pictured as ray of light: why?
  • NOT the “Immaculate Conception”
the annunciation
The Annunciation
  • Mary
    • Probably young teenager
    • Completely surrenders to God: “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me as you say.”
coming of the messiah
Coming of the Messiah
  • Means “the Anointed One”
    • Ie. The King (“King of kings”)
  • Hebrew= mesch’iah
  • Greek= christos
  • Jesus the Christ… the Anointed One of Israel
the visitation lk 1 39 80
The Visitation (Lk.1:39-80)
  • Mary visits Elizabeth
  • Shows Mary’s love/ unselfishness
  • Parallels between Elizabeth/John the Baptist and Mary/Jesus
joseph s dream
Joseph’s Dream
  • In Matthew, Joseph is visited by an “angel” in dream
  • He, the faithful Jew, takes care of everything “according to the Law”
why bethlehem
Why Bethlehem?
  • Roman Census
  • Tension between Herod & Roman emissaries: census unpopular (“We should have no ruler except the Lord!”)
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Why Bethlehem?
  • Joseph of David’s line
  • Bethlehem= David’s city
  • Prophecy: “For you, Bethlehem, are in no way the least among the cities of Judah, for from you shall come forth a shepherd of my people Israel.” (Micah 5:2)
the birth of jesus
The Birth of Jesus
  • “Nativity” from Latin nativitas=birth
  • “Christmas” from Old English Christes Maesse = the Mass of Christ
  • Not originally a feast
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The Birth of Jesus
  • Date unknown
  • Dec. 25 may be end of “Saturnalia”, Roman feast of the “birth of the Sun”
  • For more:
the presentation
The Presentation
  • Circumcision: initiated child into community
  • Presentation: consecration (making holy/ setting apart/ making special) of firstborn unto God
  • Purification: of mother, after birth
visit of magi
Visit of Magi
  • Midrash?
  • Gifts symbolize Christ as:
    • Priest (incense)
    • King (gold)
    • Prophet who will suffer for message (myrrh)
baptism of jesus
Baptism of Jesus
  • John the Baptist
    • Link between Old & New Testament
    • Last of OT Prophets
    • Prepared People for coming of the Messiah
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Baptism of Jesus
  • Baptism for repentant sinners
  • Jesus is baptized for our sins
  • Jesus “like us in all things, except sin.”
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Baptism of Jesus
  • “Confirmation” of Jesus… “This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased.”
  • Shows presence of the Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit)
temptation of jesus
Temptation of Jesus
  • Immediately after Baptism
  • Desert = Trial/struggle
  • Tempted away from:
    • Suffering
    • Serving
    • Submission only to the Father
beginning of ministry
Beginning of Ministry
  • “Inauguration” in synagogue (a “bringing together”/ gathering)
  • Clear prophecy of Messiah
  • Why so hard to believe?
jesus the teacher
Jesus the Teacher
  • Teacher= rabbi (sometimes “Master” in film)
  • Core teaching= the coming of the “Kingdom of God” or “Rule of God”
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Jesus the Teacher
  • Teacher= rabbi (sometimes “Master” in film)
  • Core teaching= the coming of the “Kingdom of God” or “Rule of God”
miracles as signs
Miracles as “Signs”

What are the miracles?

  • Teras = “marvel”
  • Dynamis = “power”
  • Semion = “sign”

What is the most important part of the miracles? Of what are the miracles powerful signs?

miracles as proclamation
Miracles as Proclamation
  • Jesus proclaimed God’s rule over
    • Sin (forgiveness of sinners)
    • Sickness (cures of illnesses)
    • Death (raising the dead)
  • Jesus proclaimed Himself as promised Messiah
miracles as invitations
Miracles as Invitations
  • Miracles open us…
    • to see… to hear… to experience…

…the deeper, long-term meaning of Jesus

  • What is that meaning for you?
responding to jesus miracles
Responding to Jesus’ Miracles
  • Acceptance/ Faith
  • Rejection/ Disbelief
  • Impressed/ Apathy
  • What is your response? What do you “make” of Jesus’ miracles?