Essay On Gospel Retellings

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Provide multiple examples and discussion for each of the following:
• What other examples of the “retelling” of the Jesus Story can you think of? (I.e., not discussed in detail in class.)

I believe there are far more retellings of the Jesus Story than could be explained in just the expanse of this short paper. Many of the retellings have already been discussed during the Mission Message class. In fact, a large portion of the class and one paper has already been dedicated to discussion of the retelling of Jesus Story in terms of the authorship of the Gospels. It is well understood scholarship that each of the Gospels were shaped by some sort of retelling of the Jesus tale. Even Mark (if you stick with Markan priority) would have had to construct his tale based at least in some ways off of the retelling of the tale. Any events in the Gospels that occurred without the
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For the purpose of this paper, I will use Markan priority to explain the benefits of retellings, but the benefits apply to all theories of Gospel authorship. If Luke and Matthew used Mark to write their gospels, this would have been beneficial because it helps them to construct a better gospel for their own purpose. Mark was incredibly short and concise and helped construct the foundation of the Jesus Story. It did not contain many extraneous details (due to its urgent eschatology) and served as a source for Matthew and Luke. Retelling here is beneficial Matthew and Luke gain access to stories they may have not been first hand witness of, they gain another source to use and determine accuracy, and also are able to establish their own credibility by using a source that would have been considered reliable at the time. These Gospels then are able to use both information from Mark and added information to construct their own

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