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Jesus in Scripture and Tradition
Explore the identity of Jesus Christ through a treatment of Israel, the Gospels, and the traditions of the Church.
Notes on 23 Lectures I Watched in This Course:
Eponymous Ancestors in the Bible
The Story of Jacob and his Sons
The Biblical Motif of First Born Son
The Shepherd Motif
Joseph's Dreams
The Problematic of Chosenness: Samuel and Joseph
Joseph in the Pit: Descent and Ascent
The Three Descents and Ascents of Joseph
Change in the Non-Elect
Joseph's Prison Dreams
The Symbolic of Joseph's Dreams as Service Not Power
Judah Pleads to Joseph for Benjamin
Judah as Most Important Son of Jacob
The Concept of Salvator Mundi
Transition from Israel to Jesus
Elijah and the Restoration of Israel
Preparing for the Restoration
Historical Jesus and the Importance of Criteria
The Historical Jesus and the Criteria of Coherence
Jesus: Who Do You Say I Am?
Chosenness and Responsibility to Love and Service
Discipleship as Service to Others
The Travel Narrative: Humanity's Blindness
8 Vocabulary Words I Learned in this Course:
epistemic, adj. [eh-pis-TEM-ik] of or relating to knowledge or cognition, having to do with branch of philosophy that studies the nature of knowledge, its presuppositions and foundations, and its extent and validity  "Just as Jesus and Israel are both called God's first born and beloved sons, one can ponder the mystery of the identity of Jesus more deeply by considering his relationship to the Jewish people and their scriptures, and in this view, a love for Judaism is not just an ecumenical gesture on the part of the Christian, it has deep epistemic value, telling us something about the person of Jesus Christ that we would not have known otherwise."
expiate, v. make amends or reparation for guilt or wrongdoing  "Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering for ever."
peccadillo, n. [pek-ah-DILL-oh] a relatively minor fault or sin  "Confession of sin in ancient Israel did not mean an unraveling of a lengthy laundry-list of personal peccadilloes, but rather, confession of sin often meant recalling God's gracious deeds for an ungrateful Israel, a humble admission that one was a member of this sinful people, a recounting of the infidelities and apostasies of Israel from early on down to one's own day, and a final resolve to change and be different from one's ancestors."
prescind, v. to withdraw one's attention, stop thinking about something, to leave out of consideration  "But if we look at the larger context of the chapter, we'll see that Joseph's father Jacob is not innocent in the tensions that are welling up within his family, as Jacob, after all, is the paterfamilias, the head of the family, and it is his responsibility to make sure that order is kept, but he prescinds from this responsibility by not rebuking Joseph for his actions, and in fact exacerbates tensions which we will see are going to beset this family."
providentially, adv. happening through divine intervention  "Even though these dreams are given providentially, Joseph's behavior is no more innocent than that of his brothers."
sheaf, n. bundle of cut stalks of grain or similar plants bound with straw or twine  "Hear this dream which I have dreamed: behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose and stood upright, and behold, your sheaves gathered round it, and bowed down to my sheaf."
umbrage, n. feeling of anger or annoyance caused by something offensive  "Joseph's brothers took great umbrage at the fact that Joseph used his privileged status with his father to inform his father of wrong things they had done and to get them in trouble."
vest, v. to clothe or robe, as in ecclesiastical vestments  "Jacob vests Joseph with a special garment, which means that as long as the brothers are awake and conscious, they are visibly aware of Joseph's privileged status."