Lecture 6: A Harmony of the Gospels (Part 2)

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The public ministry of Jesus, also described as the "Great Galilean" ministry, is described in different ways in all four Gospels. After his public ministry, there was a phase in which the ministry of Jesus is characterized by growing rejection of him, leading to his death and resurrection. (49 min.)

A Harmony of the Gospels (Part 2)


I. The End of the Phase of Popularity

A. The Parables

1. The Purpose of the Parables

2. The Nature of the Parables

3. The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32)

4. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)

B. The Nature Miracles

1. Resurrection from the Dead (Mark 9:30-32)

2. Walking on Water (Mark 6:45)

3. Calming the Storm (Mark 4:35)

C. Jesus’ Teaching on Kingdom Ethics (Mark 7:1-8:22)

D. Jesus Confessed as Messiah (Mark 8:27-9:1)

E. Additional Material in Matthew

1. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)

2. The Sermon on Mission (Matthew 10)

3. The Sermon on the Parables (Matthew 13)

4. The Sermon on Humility (Matthew 18)

5. The Sermon on Last Things (Matthew 24-25)

F. Additional Material in Luke

G. Additional Material in John

1. Jesus Healing on the Sabbath (John 5)

2. The Feeding of the 5,000 (John 6)

3. Jerusalem Ministry (John 7-9)

4. Jesus as the Good Shepherd (John 10)

II. The Phase of Rejection

A. The Key Turning Point – Raising Lazarus (John 11)

B. A Changing Message (Mark 10)

C. Passion Week

1. Entering Jerusalem

2. Clearing the Temple

3. Cursing the Fig Tree

4. Confronting the Jewish Leaders

5. Sermon on the Mount of Olives

6. The Last Supper

a. The Bread and the Wine

b. Anticipating the Coming Banquet

c. Jesus’ Teaching and Prayer

7. The Garden of Gethsemane


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1 Understanding the New Testament - Quiz 6

This quiz covers the material in Craig Blomberg's Understanding the New Testament - Study #6 - A Harmony of the Gospels (Part 2).


  • This study emphasized the ’urgency’ of the disciples’ mission (cf. Matt 10). How urgent is this mission today? How urgent is the mission in your own life? In your church?
  • Read John 17:11. Why do you think Jesus emphasized Christian unity so much in his prayer? How do you think this relates to the existence of so many Christian denominations? Can you think of any ways in which your church could work toward greater unity and cooperation with other churches?



  • Read Luke 15:11-32. What does this parable reveal about the nature of God’s love and grace? In what ways are you like the younger son? In what ways are you like the older son? What can you do this week to reflect God’s love and grace in your home and/or workplace?
  • Read Mark 4:35-41. What does this story reveal about Jesus? What does it say about the disciples? Are there areas in your life where you are fearful and need to learn to trust Jesus more? What can you do this week to remind yourself that Jesus is Lord over that issue as well?


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Recommended Reading

Jesus and the Gospels, pp. 299-382.

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