At 5:22 during the video, I ask you to click this link and try to figure out what this Sunday’s Gospel reading is. Remember, the reading is about Herod and John the Baptist (NOTE: this one’s sort of easy; we’ll do some harder ones below).
Prompts for Discussion
Use the comments box below (under “Leave a Reply”) to discuss some of these prompts. You can post more than one comment and respond to other people’s comments The first time you do it, you many need to provide some basic info like name and email.
1) Go through the accounts of the Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and look for more transitional words or phrases. In your comment, choose three and then give their chapter and verse citation. We’ll make a game out of it. Each one has to be different, so the first person to respond gets the easy pickings. Don’t use the ones I mentioned in the video (“After these things… The next day… Eight days later… At the time of the festival…”). Ready? Go!
2) Find your favorite passage in the Bible. How does it set itself off from the passages around it?
3) I mentioned that the original language hides some of the ways we can figure out where passages begin and end. One famous example is the longest psalm in the book, Psalm 119. The sections are each eight verses long, but you’d never know that reading in English. So — research project! How does the Hebrew version show us that the psalm is broken into eight verse passages?
4) Let’s look at a few more examples from the narrative sections of the Bible to see if we can figure out the individual pericopes. Try your hand at breaking down these larger chunks.
- Genesis 1:1 — 2:4a (try to break the creation tale into several smaller passages)
- Luke 15:11-32 (try to break the parable into two small passages)
- Revelation 22 (try to figure out when the final passage of the book begins; this one is tricky and open to interpretation)
5) If your Bible has section headers, see if you can find a passage that doesn’t seem to obey them. If so, what is it? What do you think the boundaries of the passage should be?