Write short essay responses to question one and three other questions of your choice. You can address each question in about 150-200 words. Please answer every part of the question.
- Critically engage King’s sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct.” How did it strike you? How might this speech be applied today? How does the address compare with what we have covered in the Gospels on social justice?
- Why is the knowledge of Judaism necessary for the study of Jesus and the New Testament? What, in your view, are the three most important aspects of Judaism for this study?
- With the help of an example, explain the term “messianic secret”? How might it function in Mark’s gospel? In other words, discuss any five reasons for the “secret”?
- How is Jesus portrayed as the Messiah in Mark’s Gospel? How is this depiction similar to and different from typical first-century Jewish understandings of the Messiah? Explain the difference between eschatological apocalypticism and ethical apocalypticism.