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divine revelation

God making Himself known to us

divine inspiration

influence of the Holy Spirit on the human writers of Sacred Scripture


belief that Bible is without error with regard to that which is necessary for our salvation

Regions of Palestine in Jesus' time

Galilee in north, Samaria in central part and Judea in south

circle of Gentiles



language spoken in the temple in Jesus' time


language spoken by Romans of Jesus' time


language spoken by most people in Jesus' time around the Mediterranean; used for commerce and trade


language spoken among Jews of Jesus' time

Jesus means

God saves

Yahweh means

I Am

Emmanuel means

God with us

infancy narrative

story of Jesus' birth and infancy


list of ancestors


using Old Testament references in the New Testament


(New Testament) the sudden emanation of radiance from the person of Jesus


(New Testament) the rising of Christ on the third day after the Crucifixion


a Catholic teaching that the Son of God took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ

Immaculate conception

the Church teaching that God favored Mary by preserving her from all stain of original sin from the first moment of her conception


"Good News"


wealthy Jews of the temple who did not believe in the afterlife


legalists that make people follow Moses's law, so concerned w/ letter of law, forget meaning


Monastic Jews who were living communally, apart from the world, about the time of Jesus

Paschal Mystery

God's love and salvation revealed to us through the life, passion, death, resurrection and glorification of his son Jesus Christ.


non-Jewish people

soaring eagle

symbol of John's Gospel

winged desert lion

symbol of Mark's Gospel

winged human

symbol of Matthew's Gospel

winged ox

symbol of Luke's Gospel

synoptic Gospels

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, which, because of their similarities, can be "seen together" in parallel columns and mutually compared.


an extraordinary event, beyond human power to affect, brought about by God within the context of faith


One of the twelve, "sent out" to preach the Gospel


one of the 72 "followers" of Christ commissioned to preach the Gospel


three-day liturgy that celebrates, remembers, the redeeming work of Jesus in his passion, death and resurrection

St. Paul

previously persecutor of Christians, now the Pharisee and Roman citizen who is the "Apostle to the Gentiles"


letters found in the New Testament to the early Christian communities about God's revelation in Jesus Christ

Acts of the Apostles

a New Testament book describing the development of the early Church from Christ's ascension to Paul's sojourn at Rome

The Book of Revelation

Symbolic literature which was readily understood by first century Christians who were being persecuted; apocalyptic literature

4 kinds of miracles

nature, exorcism, raising back to life and healing

Structure of miracle story

Introduction, request for help, response by Jesus, result of His intervention, reaction of the crowd

Characteristics of a parable

story that uses everyday experiences to teach a deeper religious truth and often has a twist or a surprise in it


participation in the life of God

author of the Acts of the Apostles


Acts records...

history of early church

Paul's "conversion"

a. going to Damascus, struck by lightning and heard God saying, "Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?" Ananias baptizes him, and he changes his thinking

apocalyptic literature

a literary form that uses dramatic events and highly symbolic language to offer hope to a people in crisis

Revelation ends how?

all eyes fixed on the second coming of Christ


"puppet" leader of Palestine, working for Rome

Jerusalem is in which region?



belief in many gods


critical intepretation of scripture

northernmost region of Palestine in Jesus' time


middle region ...


southern region...



group desiring Jewish independence, caused uprising in 70 A.D.


Jewish scholars of Jesus' time, knowing how to read and write

group most mentioned in the Bible


Which apostle was a Pharisee?


Cousin to John the Baptist?


reading scripture in its context means paying attention to the...

culture and time

Whose Gospel portrays Jesus as a "life-giving messiah"?


Whose Gospel portrays Jesus as a "suffering messiah"?


Whose Gospel portrays Jesus as "compassionate and merciful messiah"?


Whose Gospel portrays Jesus as the "teaching messiah"?


John's Gospel is lacking which of the following?
a. an infancy narrative
b. the multiplication of loaves and fish
c. a passion narrative
d. a definite audience for whom the Gospel is directed.

a. an infancy narrative

The miracle of turning the water into wine at the wedding in Cana is which kind of miracle?


John's Gospel has Jesus making "I AM" statements suggesting his messiahship, or Godliness. Name some "I AM" statements.

"I am the bread of life." "I am the Good Shepherd." "I am the light of the world." "I am the way, the truth and the life."

After being under house arrest in Rome, what happened to St. Paul?

He was beheaded.

What is "The Sermon on the Mount?"

A long speech containing many lessons that Jesus delivered on a hilltop, featured in Matthew's Gospel.

The early "church" of the apostles kept all their goods in common. True or False?


Galilee means...

circle of Gentiles

What was used for God's name, which was too holy to be spoken?

LORD or Adonai in the Hebrew

Who made up 90% of the population at the time of Jesus?

the poor


1. An announcement; a proclamation. 2. In Christian thought, the announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary that she would give birth to the son of God.

epistles are

letters written to the new Christian communities


50 days after Easter, the Holy Spirit is given to the disciples and the disciples empowered by the Holy Spirit begin to preach the good news of Jesus. Celebrated as "Birthday of the Church" (the day the Church was born).


Blessings given by Jesus during the Sermon on the mount.


Insulting God . An offense against God. An offense against the work of God

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