The Gospels: Who, When and Why? (Audio & Video Teaching Sessions)

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These recordings below are a part of the “Living the Life” teaching series. “Living the Life” is a large undertaking covering all of Jesus Life from Eternity to Ascension as presented in the Gospels in harmonized order and drawing in social, historical and prophetic background to the narrative. To facilitate ease of use and reference Living the Life has been structured into Seasons, Series and Episodes.

Season 1: Understanding the Gospels
Series: Who, When and Why
Episode 1: Early Church Traditions on Authors and Origins

In this first session we re-exam the understanding and testimony of the early church fathers with regard to the authorship and process of creation for each of the four Gospels. We look at the conflict between them and the views of modern scholarship, but also note the failure of the modern approach to come up with a better, more robust and less problematic understanding of how and why the Gospel got written and buy whom.

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Season 1: Understanding the Gospels
Series: Who, When and Why
Episode 2: Swings and Roundabouts, how and why modern scholarship is coming around again to a traditional view

In this second session we explore the reasons why modern scholarship first rejected a traditional view of the development, dating and authorship of the gospels, but is now returning to it, slowly but surely. We will see how late dating requires multilayered sophistry while there is a compelling simplicity to the reasons that deny these views .

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Season 1: Understanding the Gospels
Series: Who, When and Why
Episode 3: A fresh take on a old view!

In this session we draw on the things we have discovered on the first two, to piece together the story of the writing of the Gospels in their correct setting, the three decades immediately following Jesus’ resurrection. Working through the history in Acts we see the compelling need for a developing written testimony to serve the growth and protection of the early church. We will see how technologies and ancient writing genres helped shape a story of their respective development very like the one told by the Early Church fathers.

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Season 1: Understanding the Gospels
Series: Who, When and Why
Episode 3: The Four Faces that Witness!

In this session we explore the association between the four faces of Ezekiel’s living beings with the four creatures that testify to Jesus in the book of Revelation, and the four Gospels. While the early church fathers couldn’t agree on which Gospel was represented in each face, with the advantage of modern tools to compare and contrast each Gospel we see a consistent and logical association appears quite naturally.

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Season 1: Understanding the Gospels
Series: Who, When and Why
Episode 3: Matthew and Mark, the Apostles Foundation

In this session we finally get into the text, exploring how Matthew and Mark take very different approaches and styles to very similar material, we see from example how Mark works better as an expansion companion to Matthew than Matthew does to Mark. We also get to understand the authors a bit better too.

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Christen Forster

Christen Forster

Christen Forster is widely recognised as an original Bible teacher who brings people into a love of and confidence in scripture.

Christen has planted churches, been a youth worker, mission administrator and church leaders. The author of several books, Christen is now an itinerant minister, helping churches to step into a more deliberately spiritual experience of the Christian life while at the same time firmly rooting their practice in scripture.

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