How to explore a gospel story about Jesus
Go to the Home Page of the Life of Jesus Christ. Choose any one of the events listed there, whichever appeals to you. Click on the link to that story.
Briefly check out the page. You will see it has
Ignore the top section of the page and go to the gospel passages - there is a link called Gospel Text in the top bar. This will take you to the gospel passages at the bottom of the page, or you can simply scroll down.
Read through the gospel accounts. There may be four if the story is described in all four gospels, or there may be only one (John often describes incidents that the other three gospel writers ignore). The gospel accounts are the main source of information about any event or person.
You will see that different sections have different colours. These different colours refer to a particular part of the story, as each gospel writer describes it.
After you have read the accounts, make a list of the main characters in the story
List a few words to describe each character as they appear to you in this particular story
Write 2-3 sentences describing the beginning, middle and end of the story, in your own words.
What is the central message/idea in this particular story?
Now read the story and background details that appear in the main section of the page. This will flesh out the story with some historical information and current ideas.
Click on some of the links in Extra Websites, in the left column. These provide further background information.
Now ask yourself some questions:
Imagine you are the gospel writer: what did you hope your readers/listeners would gain from this particular story, parable or event?
The story of Jesus Christ - events in the life of Jesus, with texts and commentary
Bible Archaeology - buildings, worship, daily life, people, war and Bible places
Bible People - short biographies for men and women in the Bible
Bible Architecture - houses, palaces, fortresses
Bible Study Guide: Bible Study Guide: The Life of Jesus Christ: explore a gospel story about Jesus
Copyright 2012 Elizabeth Fletcher