Monthly Archives: June 2018

June 27, 2018 Psalm 94:1-14, Mark16, Psalm 94:15-23 (19)

only the first 8 verses are from the original. they are from possible other gospels. the 8 verses end with an empty tomb, so that presents a problem so the early church had to make an addition that sounds like something that had to be changed. what does that mean for the veracity of the church and the scriptures selected for the Bible. does it mean that it has substance since it has survived so long. where does the basis of the church at that point, was it in Jerusalem, Galilee. there groups affiliated with john the Baptist, early beginnings of Paul, Peter, and even the mystic views of John. there were others who believed Christianity was just another Jewish sect. so it was very Jewish. there is a collection of early scrolls called the Nagamonti, which proceeded the dead sea scrolls. (here is a link to the early versions of the scriptures: Description of early scrolls ) there was also an oral tradition that carried on to determine some of the substance of Christianity. was Jesus a Christian?  the letters of Paul provide the basis for the future direction of Christianity. we will do I Thessalonians starting on July 11, and will then follow with Romans. an early heretic said the new testament should be Mark and 10 letters of Paul. which letters were actually were written by Paul? Is Paul trying to persuade or explain or infirm them.
We will proceed to read I Thessalonians on July 11, 2018

June 20, 2018 Psalm 97, Mark 15, Psalm 134 (27)

this is the parable of the tenants and the landowner was extraordinarily patient. If the vineyard owner was God and he sent prophets who are mistreated or killed and finally his son. the people were probably the Israelis at that time. also should they pay taxes to Caesar? then the woman with 7 brothers as husbands. this whole chapter is about giving and the first story is about what is due to God, the second is what is due to Caesar. it finally ends with the poor widow giving everything. he is speaking out against the Herodians who were the leaders of the Jews at that time. this gospel came out in the 70-80s amid the destruction of the temple snd Jerusalem. the Herodians were people working with and for Herod in the 30s. this chapter is about the rabbi type of questioning, challenge and response format. the last section of ch. 11 questioned Jesus authority and in 12 his answers to rabbinic questions which were intended to trip him up. Babylon was a veiled reference to Rome because you didn’t criticize the Romans. anathema was the split between those who had to pay the temple tax and those who didn’t. early Christians didn’t want to pay taxes so said they weren’t Jews. this raised the whole problem of whether Christians had to become Jews first. the Sadducees only believed in the Pentateuch.

June 13, 2018 Psalm75, Mark 14, Psalm134 (27)

Jeff gives the reason for having the young man who lost his linen cloth and ran away. he said it was John Mark. we discussed the woman he poured the nard over Jesus. was his statement about giving to the poor a weak statement? is thus like people attacking the poor today? was Judas predestined to do betray Jesus. Jesus really condemned him and said it would be better if he had never be born. chuck had a version whose notes said that Judas hated Jesus. Jesus knew that Judas was going to betray him and that was why Jesus chose him. Why is this story told as it was. does the time influence how Mark wrote this story. Judas was probably one of the scariot sect, the dagger people, who had assassinated people they opposed. there was a version of this story without Judas and he was added afterwards for the affect. Dan is going on about how god is somewhere in the future and knows about what is happening to us now. Jim was saying that he had seen the last supper in Haiti and everyone was black except for Judas who was white interesting. what changed Europe more, the reformation or the discovery of the new world?

June 6, 2018 Psalm 71:1-13, Reclaiming Jesus, Psalm71:14-24

Tom led our discussion of Reclaiming Jesus. Bill suggested that in many ways things are going very well economically and political. chuck says there are strong issues that are protested and rightly so. he thinks that the protesters today maybe demeaning and disrespectful of their elders. what is truth is a real question. there is a lot of disruption that has occurred. the situation is worsened by our president being a megalomaniac. Jesus made extreme statements about what we should do in our lives and how we should treat others. historically violence is a part of social change. Sinclair Lewis’ book It can’t happen here might be a good thing to read and understand how so many small changes can make a huge change and undermine our way of life. why isn’t the problem of incarceration included. Here is the link to this article