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Stages of Gospel Development and the NBA

January 16, 2012

This semester I am teaching an upper-level course on the Gospels. Last week, while lecturing on the stages of Gospel development, I was explaining to my students that there are multiple layers in the NT narratives that coalesce in a final “mish-mash” of materials (actually the word I used was “mosaic”). The final product contains some historical tradition, some of the concerns and realizations of the apostolic witnesses, and finally, a healthy dose of elements from the final redactor’s Sitz im Leben (I admit it….I still think the Gospels were written primarily for individual communities). Since I have always been a big sports fan, I like to find sports-related illustrations to add color and depth to my teaching. Here is a great recent promotional add for the NBA that combines great figures from the past and present into a “mosaic” fans will appreciate. My students found it to be a helpful illustration. As a big Michael Jordan fan, I especially appreciated the last clip from the video. Enjoy.

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