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From the Gospel to the Gospels by Petr Pokorný

By Petr Pokorný

The monograph discusses the quick formulae of the 'gospel' (euangelion) because the first mirrored expressions of Christian religion. They tailored the apocalyptic expectancies to specific the Easter adventure and formed the earliest literary Gospel (Mark). This e-book analyzes Gospels as texts that (re-)introduced Jesus traditions into the Christian liturgy and literature. The final chapters are dedicated to the origins of the assumption of Christian canon

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Both baptisms include immersion in running water and in both of them God’s Judgment plays an important part. In John’s baptism, the culmination was the immersion of the baptised person – an anticipation of the Last Judgment. ), obviously God himself who will come to judge the world, an event which, according to Mal 3:23 f. (=4:5), was to be announced by the prophet Elijah. ). ). It was intended to evoke penitence (cf. the characteristics of the baptismal sects of that time in Sibylline oracles 4:162 – 167; 171 – 180) and lead to obedience to the Law ( Jos.

74 Only Jewish texts avoid this usage. E. The inscription represents a decree of the provincial assembly and relates to the emperor Augustus. The term euangelion, as used here and in several similar inscriptions,75 is part of the official imperial cult. The term arche¯ also plays an important role in this cult (cf. Mark 1:1), since the “good news” of the new divine Emperor is, at the same time, confirmed as the beginning (arche¯) of a new era.

It was similar to the Greek tradition of apotheosis, when a mortal man was (because of his arete¯) taken up to heaven and accepted among the deities. This is the model used in the reports about the lifting up of Jesus in Luke 24:39 and 24:50 – 53 and Acts 1:9 – 11. A theological hint that can help us in interpreting the resurrection is the conclusion that gradually developed concerning the characteristics of God himself. The Jews characterised God according to his deeds in history: God was the one who “brought Israel out of the land of Egypt” (Ex 20:1).

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