Lecture 2: The People, Politics and Faith of the Holy Land in Jesus' time, John the Baptist and Jesus' Baptism (Ch 3)
  • Jesus and John the Baptist used the same words when starting to preach – what were the words?
  • Who were the different groups of people and why was there unrest in Palestine in the 1st Cent?
    Was Jesus a unique phenomenon or were there a number of prophets and would-be kings and messiahs?
  • How was Israel affected by the controlling Romans and the various groups on their borders?
  • What was the "great catastrophe" in Jewish history in 587 BC and how did it shape the faith of the Israelites?
  • What are "Procurators" and "Tetrachs"? What is the history of Herod the Great, Herod Antipas,
    Archaleus and Philip – what lands did they rule?
  • What was Galilee like compared to Judea and Samaria? Why were the Samarians thought of as impure?
  • What are the differences between the Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes and Zealots? How many of
    each were there at the time?
  • Who was John the Baptist? Did his following last after his and Jesus' death?
  • The significance of Jesus' Baptism and its parallel with the story of Isaac & Abraham.
    Why is this anointing important to understand who Jesus is?
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