RLS 202 – Introduction to the New Testament
Due Date – March 1, 2016
5-7pages, 6 resources.
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1) Write a survey on the theme of the “Messianic Secret” in the Gospel of Mark.
Use quotes from the primary source (i.e., the Gospel of Mark) and secondary sources
(i.e., modern scholarship) to (a) describe the nature/character of the “Messianic Secret”;
(b) discuss the question of Jesus’ identity (i.e., who is Jesus according to Mark, the
disciples, and the other characters?); and, most importantly, (c) offer an explanation as to
what it is that Mark is trying to accomplish by portraying Jesus in this manner.
2) Write a survey on the so-called “Synoptic Problem.” This paper should attempt
to (a) explain the “problem”; (b) provide examples from the synoptic gospels that
reinforce your descriptions of the problem; and (c) outline/explain the dominant theory
that has been forwarded by scholars in order to account for the complex relationship
between the synoptic gospels (i.e., the Markan priority theory). This paper should also
include a discussion on the document known as Quelle or Q.
3) Write a survey on the subject of Jesus’ identity in the Gospel of Matthew. This
paper should shed light on (a) the different ways in which Matthew emphasizes Jesus’
identity as a Jew (i.e., How does the genealogy in Chapter One emphasize this point?
etc); (b) how it is that Jesus’ identity supports the theology of Matthew (i.e., What does it
mean to be the Jewish messiah? How does the person of Jesus fulfill scripture? etc); and
(3) the ways in which Jesus functions as a new Moses.