This is an Interpreter Radio (audio) Roundtable for Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 4, We Have Found the Messiah, focusing on John chapter 1.
Panelists for this roundtable are Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye, Stephen Smoot, and Hales Swift. This roundtable was extracted from the January 6, 2019 broadcast of Interpreter Radio. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-january-6-2019/.
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I am wondering what you all may think about a related hypothesis I came up with to not only account for why there are four Gospels, but also why the first three words of John 1:1 are the same as Gen. 1:1:
Tradition has it that Mark was the first Gospel written ( AD 66-70 ) and it appears to be a collection of most of the oral accounts circulating since the death and resurrection of Christ some 30 – 40 years earlier.
The Gospel of Matthew was written second (AD 85-90. I suspect that this second Gospel was written because Matthew felt that Mark’s account lacked sufficient credence within the Jewish community. While Mark’s Gospel contained many of the miracles and teachings of Christ’s earthly ministry, it lacked the tie-in to the Old Testament. As a Jew, himself, Mathew thought to add references to how Christ fulfilled ancient scripture and prophesies, and also included Joseph’s (the adopted father of Jesus,) genealogy.
The Gospel of Luke was written third (AD 85-90), and I suspect that the reason it was written was to bolster credence among the gentiles–many of whom were accustomed to worshiping kings and rulers as gods. As a likely gentile, himself, Luke determined to account not only for the direct royal lineage of Christ, via Mary’s genealogy, but also his divinity as the Son of God. Luke may have also considered it helpful to use eyewitness accounts along with the somewhat anonymous oral or written Gospels of Mark, and for the most part, Matthew..
The Gospel of John was written last (AD 90 – 110), and I believe it was written to further emphasize the divinity of Jesus Christ by one ordained as a special witness to Christ. And, this is where I touch on my hypothesis: While Luke’s gospel establishes the divinity of Christ by way of Jesus’ birth, John sets forth Christ’s pre-mortal divinity (hense, the connection between Gen. 1:1 and John 1:1) as well as his post-mortal divinity, the “I am.”
What do you think?
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