Study Notes

  • "What In The World?" Reflection Questions on Mark 2:1–12

    By Kris Perkins January 12, 2020 Gospel of Mark: On the Way

    1. Up to this point, the people view Jesus as a teacher with authority (see 1:27), yet Jesus never refers to himself as a rabbi. In chapter 2, we hear Jesus call himself Son of Man twice (10, 28). Reread verses 1–12, probably one of the most familiar of the events in Jesus’ life. Ask yourself, “What is startling?” And what do you learn about Jesus here?


    2. You see in this passage a controversy which will reoccur throughout this gospel climaxing in Mark 14. Put this controversy in your own words.


    3. The roof referred to in this narrative was probably a flat one made of sticks and mud, reached by an outside stair case. This may have been the house in which Jesus was living. Why do you think Jesus views making a hole in it as an act of faith and not an act of vandalism?  And what do you make of verse 5? "When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son your sins are forgiven.”


  • Session 1: 1 Samuel 1

    By Gordon Hugenberger February 2, 2014 Samuel Series

    When 1 and 2 Samuel was originally written in Hebrew, it was a single book, or more accurately, a single work written on a single scroll of papyrus or leather, which was probably about 26 feet long. This is close to the normal maximum length for a scroll. Books, with pages, were invented only toward the end of the 1st century AD and came into common use a couple of centuries later. The division of Samuel into two parts took place in the 2nd century BC, when it was translated into Greek. The early Greek translation of the Old Testament is called the Septuagint (a word related to the Greek word for “seventy,” which reflects a tradition that this translation was the work of seventy scholars).