Discuss the following in an essay format of at least 1,000 words and using at least three scholarly sources:
- Define and describe the major literary forms (genres) contained in the New Testament. Which part of the New Testament was written first? Who was the author and when did he write?
- Discuss Jewish relations with Rome. What led to the Jewish Revolt of 66-73 CE, and what were its consequences for the Jewish people?
- Why are Matthew, Mark, and Luke called the Synoptic Gospels? Define Synoptic and explain its application to the first three Gospels.
- According to the Synoptic accounts, what were Jesus’ characteristic modes of teaching?