Category Archives: Early Christianity

The Messianic Secret

The “Messianic Secret” in Mark – Julie Smith As found in The Gospel according to Mark: New Testament Commentary, Brigham Young University, p. 901-903. There is a most curious aspect to Mark’s Gospel: Jesus frequently tells people to not tell … Continue reading

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Kingship and Coronation

Articles Othmar Keel, “The Enthronement,” section 2, of Chapter V: The King in The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms [1997] pages 256-268. See: Symbolism of the Biblical World Stephen D. Ricks and … Continue reading

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The Cosmic Myth

The Hymn of the Pearl and the Cosmic Myth The Cosmic Myth is a story that teaches of eternal truths even though it may or may not be totally historically accurate. 1 Thus, the traditional Cosmic Myth is familiar to … Continue reading

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Themes in John’s Gospel

One of John’s Themes: Go and bring a friend to believe in Jesus An example of deliberate narrative designing can be found in the stories that narrate the call of the disciples. In almost every case, it is someone who … Continue reading

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Sect of “The Way”, “The Nazarenes” & “Christians” : Names given to the Early Church

This is a great post on how the early Christians were viewed in the first century, highlighting that they were named Christians, Followers of The Way, and Nazarenes. Truly the first century church consisted of Jews. These Jews believed Jesus … Continue reading

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Seeing the composition of the Gospel of John

Possible Constructions of The Gospel of John According to Marie-Émile Boismard, the Gospel of John may have gone through four hypothetical stages of composition. Each stage is intricately involved with the life of the Johannine community: Document C. This was … Continue reading

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Early Christianity and 1 Nephi 13–14

Stephen E. Robinson, “Early Christianity and 1 Nephi 13–14,” in First Nephi, The Doctrinal Foundation, ed. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr. (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1988),177–91. Early Christianity and 1 Nephi 13–14 Stephen … Continue reading

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