BIB 341 The Gospels (3 credits)

Course Description

Stresses the life and teaching of Jesus as set forth in the Synoptic Gospels and John. Attention is given to the literary and theological characteristics of each individual gospel and to the development of gospel criticism. The primary focus, however, is on the words and works of Jesus Christ and their significance for Christians today.

Learning Results

Students will be able to perform the following based on the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (referred to as MMLJ):
• Present the theme of each account (MMLJ) in a one-page summary as well as provide at least 10 instances for each account that demonstrates and supports that theme.  Students will be able to articulate their reason for using each biblical instance showing how each citation supports the writer’s point of view.
• Describe how each account of MMLJ draws upon various Old Testament themes and applies them to the life of Jesus.
• Lay out Israel’s history leading up to the ministry of Jesus so that the gospel accounts are seen in their cultural setting—both Jewish and Roman.
• Defend why the accounts of MMLJ are to be accepted as trustworthy historical biographies of Jesus in light of modern scholarship, showing a working knowledge of source, form, redaction, and literary criticism.
• Demonstrate how the three accounts of MML from different authors, written at different times and in different places, can be so similar as well as so different (the so-called “synoptic problem”).
• Explain why there are four gospels and the strengths/benefits of having four different accounts.
• Articulate the central message of Jesus concerning his understanding of God’s kingly reign.
• Select any given passage from MMLJ and demonstrate how it fits into the author’s overarching theme.
• Relate how the gospel message of MMLJ continues to address the world, the Church, and Christians today.
• Articulate at least four demands the Gospel places upon the church and individual Christians as they proclaim the ministry and message of Jesus in today’s world.
• Present a summary of the significance of Jesus’ ministry and message and, drawing upon it, address key issues for discipleship in contemporary culture.


Learning Documentation

This course consists of a video series, an online Bible Study, four exams, and a hands-on application.

Learning Evaluation

The video series is worth 10%, the online Bible Study is worth 20%, the exams are worth 50%, and the hands-on application is worth 20%.

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