This paper will build a foundation for the Benchmark – The Kingdom of God in Topic 8. Specifically, you will need the intertestamental concepts of the kingdom for Section 2 of the Topic 8 benchmark assignment.
Review Luke 1:46-55 and Matthew 3:1-12.
Write a 1,000-1,200-word exegesis on Luke 1:46-55 and Matthew 3:1-12 exploring John’s concept of the kingdom and the clash of the Jewish leaders. Include the following two parts:
Analyze Luke 1:46-55 in order to examine Mary’s depiction of the coming of the Messiah. Compare Mary’s view with the various concepts of the Kingdom of God current in Mary’s day. You should analyze the passage from three perspectives.
1.What use does this pericope make of Old Testament and intertestamental messianic concepts?
2.How does the Coming One promised in the pericope differ from the Old Testament and intertestamental images of the Messiah?
3.Considering Luke as the redactor, analyze Luke’s use of his sources (Old Testament and eyewitness of Mary) and discuss his focal concept of the Messiah in his version of the birth narratives.
Analyze Matthew 3:1-12 to show how John’s preaching of the kingdom clashes with the interest and ideology of the Pharisees and Sadducees. Include the following features of this pericope in your analysis.
1. What is John’s view of the Messiah and the Kingdom?
2. How will the political/religious views of the Pharisees, Sadducees (and even other groups like Essenes, Apocalyptists, and Zealots) clash with John’s ideas of the Kingdom?
3. What were the political implications of John’s proclamation of the Kingdom of God?
Support your position by referencing at least three academic resources (preferably from the GCU Library and the textbook) in addition to the Bible. Incorporate the research into your writing in an appropriate, scholarly manner.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the Turabian Style Guide
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