- Unit Code & NameB7254 Synoptic Gospels
- DescriptionThis course explores the first three gospels in the New Testament. It discusses their historical, socio-cultural and religious background, looks at literary issues surrounding the Gospels, identifies the key theological themes, and develops the skills of synoptic analysis.
This Course Unit builds on any Biblical Studies Introductory Course Unit and contributes towards the sub-major sequence in Biblical Studies. It enables students to develop the ability to research in Biblical Studies through reading the Synoptic Gospels in the light of relevant contemporary scholarly literature.
- DisciplineBiblical Studies
- Semester1, 2017
- Delivery ModeOnline
- DateOnline Fortnightly, Thursdays (16/02, 2/03, 16/03, 30/03, 13/04), 7.30 to 8.30 pm. Optional participation
- Prerequisites9 credit points in Biblical Studies
- Learning ActivitiesLearning activities for this course include engagement with set readings as per reading plan, reflection on given issues, answering tutorial questions, exegetical exercises, and participation in online discussions
- AssessmentsA book reflection, a short essay, and an exegetical paper (synoptic analysis)
- Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical, socio-cultural and religious background of the Synoptic Gospels.
2. Identify the literary forms and theological themes of the Synoptic Gospels.
3. Exegete selected passages from the Synoptic Gospels.
4. Integrate into formal essay writing, scholarly research on the Synoptic Gospels
5. Employ their acquired knowledge in preaching, liturgy and spiritual leadership
- Text BooksThere are no set texts for this subject. Students may wish to consider some introductory reading of:
Allen, O. Wesley. Reading the Synoptic Gospels. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000
McKinght, Scott. Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1988