First Words

"How would you say it?

Charles Dicken’s in A Tale of Two Cities began with, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . .” There’s Moby Dick’s, “Call me Ishmael. . .” And of course Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning. . .”

If you were a writer of Jesus’s lifetime—how would you start the narrative?

In the Bible books accredited to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—each presents Jesus differently in their narratives.

Matthew addresses a Jewish audience presenting Jesus as Israel’s Messiah. Mark presented Jesus as servant. Luke speaking to Gentiles, portrayed Jesus as savior of the world. John wrote to underscore the faith of those who called themselves believers.

The Bible—engage with its narrative over the centuries!"

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