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By Petr Pokorný

The monograph discusses the fast formulae of the 'gospel' (euangelion) because the first mirrored expressions of Christian religion. They tailored the apocalyptic expectancies to precise the Easter event and formed the earliest literary Gospel (Mark). This e-book analyzes Gospels as texts that (re-)introduced Jesus traditions into the Christian liturgy and literature. The final chapters are dedicated to the origins of the belief of Christian canon

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From the Gospel to the Gospels

The monograph discusses the quick formulae of the 'gospel' (euangelion) because the first mirrored expressions of Christian religion. They tailored the apocalyptic expectancies to precise the Easter event and formed the earliest literary Gospel (Mark). This ebook analyzes Gospels as texts that (re-)introduced Jesus traditions into the Christian liturgy and literature.

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The disciples sadly share their disappointment with Jesus and even mention the story about the empty tomb and the vision of angels. And they are still sad. They do not recognise the new presence of Jesus until they are in Emmaus, when he “took bread, blessed and broke it”– i. e. in the Eucharistic meal. This experience of encountering the impact of Jesus’ presence, so authentic that it is indeed Jesus in persona,51 is the source of the Easter faith that is transmitted by witnesses, by oral testimony, or by the whole life of the witnesses and their community.

If Jesus had already been raised, it must have been understood, but rather as a promise and hope for all humankind. God vindicated the proclaimer of the kingdom of God, the “friend of sinners” and the one who forgave sins in his name. His resurrection is therefore the guarantee of hope for the rest of humankind. 36 The expectation of a collective bodily resurrection was attested in the pre-Christian period in some apocalyptic texts only, and the post-Easter followers of Jesus transformed it radically (see below).

This is the general result of the 36 S. E. Porter, Resurrection, the Greeks and the New Testament, especially 80 f. 24 2. The Pre-Pauline Easter Gospel Last Judgment,37 which is presupposed here. 38 The Christians who accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord through the Easter experience and faith lived their lives with their eyes fixed on the horizon of the Last Judgment and resurrection (Rom 6:1 – 11). This is the first thing we can and should say about “the resurrection”. We must not start with a reconstruction of the historical basis, apart from the fact that the event of the resurrection relates to Jesus of Nazareth.

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