Lecture Listening Guides
by Dr. David Capes
Lecturer: Simon Gathercole
Title: "Did We Get Jesus Right? Jesus in the Canonical and Apocryphal Gospels"
- In 2006 what was being said about the so-called Gospel of Judas?
- What does the term apocryphal mean?
- One popular notion claims the decision about what books belonged in the NT was made at the Council of Nicea (325 AD)?What does the lecturer say?
- What is distinctive about the NT Gospels?When were they written? Which was first? Which was last?
- The chronological distance between the death of Jesus and the last NT Gospel written is the same chronological distance as our time and what important world event?
- What is a central feature of the NT Gospels?
- How is the fulfillment of prophecy worked out in Matthew and Luke?
- What is a central feature and major focus of the NT Gospels?
- How do the other, apocryphal Gospels compare with the NT Gospels?
- What is the gospel of Thomas? When was it written?According to this book, how are people saved? What is the soul’s goal and how is that goal achieved?
- What is the disposition of the gospel of Thomas toward the OT?
- What is the lecturer's opinion regarding the gospel of Thomas? Does it provide reliable information regarding Jesus?
- When was the gospel of Mary written? What are its major themes? How much/little of it do we have? What influences are at work on the gospel of Mary?
- When was the gospel of Judas written?Who is Judas’ role in this gospel? Why does Gathercole call it a protest gospel? What kind of criticisms is it leveling against the churches?
- Why is the material world such a bad copy of the heavenly plane?What about this world? Where is love in the gospel of Judas?
- When was the gospel of Philip written? Why is this gospel one of the most well known?
- What does the gospel of Philip say about the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene?
- Who was it written by?What does this gospel say regarding the soul? What is the value of the soul? the body? How does salvation come? Why is the world bad?
- What can this Gospel tell us about the life of the historical Jesus?
- What is the manuscript evidence for these four non-canonical Gospels?
- How much later than the NT Gospels are the non-canonical Gospels written?
- How are the non-canonical gospels distant culturally from the time of Jesus?
- How are the non-canonical gospels distant theologically from what we find in the NT?
- How do the NT Gospels incorporate eyewitness testimony?
- What is the focus of the NT Gospels? The apocryphal?