How is Jesus portrayed as the Messiah in Mark’s Gospel? How is this
depiction similar to and different from typical first-century Jewish

What is distinctive about Luke’s genealogy of Jesus? Why is it significant in understanding Luke’s message? How is it different from Matthew’s genealogy (any two reasons)?
Using examples, discuss why one might appreciate Luke’s Gospel as a gospel of social justice? Scholars often refer to Luke as the Gospel of social justice. Explain any five reasons to support this view. Again, examples from the Gospel of Luke will help to keep your ideas.
Explain any differences between the Synoptic Gospels and John.
What does John mean by the phrase “the Jews”? How do “the Jews” function in this Gospel?
How do Jesus’ “I am” sayings reflect John’s portrayal of Jesus throughout his Gospel? First, explain what is meant by high and low Christology. Which of the two is predominant in John’s portrait of Jesus.
What are the problems with using the New Testament Gospels to reconstruct the historical Jesus? Can we overcome these problems? How?
Discuss the criteria scholars use to test the authenticity of a Gospel tradition. What is the logic behind each? Then, please choose one or two examples from the Gospels and apply the criteria to them.
Many scholars believe that Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet. Explain what they mean by this, what evidence they use to argue for it, and how persuasive you find it to be.