Religious studies

  1. What is the difference between impurity and sin? Why are both significant for understanding Jesus?
  2. What are the relevant differences and similarities between John the Baptist and Jesus?
  3. In terms of Jewish and Roman politics, why was Jesus crucified and why was he crucified alone?
  4. How did Jesus’s last visit to Jerusalem contrast with his likely behavior before?
  5. How did Jesus’s teachings avoid political suspicion? How were they politically attractive to Jewish people in their 1st century context?
  6. How do we know the priests were involved in Jesus’s death? Why would they have been willing to push for Jesus’s death even if they knew he wasn’t personally dangerous or politically involved?
  7. What was the behavior of Jesus’s followers after his crucifixion, and what does this behavior tell us about Jesus’s life and mission?

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