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The Four Gospels

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Course Summary

This Course Unit builds on any Introductory Course Unit in Biblical Studies 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 four New Testament Gospels in the light of relevant contemporary scholarly literature and accepted exegetical methodologies.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Interpret the way that the historical, socio-cultural and religious background of the New Testament period influenced the development of each of the four gospels

  2. Identify the principal literary forms and theological themes of the four gospels of the New Testament to show how they communicate their theological content

  3. Exegete selected passages from the four gospels using an accepted methodology

  4. Integrate secondary literature on the four gospels to interpret selected gospel passages or themes

  5. Apply insights gained from the critical study of the four gospels to contemporary Christian preaching, teaching and spirituality

Course Content

  1. The historical, geographical and socio-cultural context of the 1st century CE Roman Empire and the religious context of 1st century CE Palestinian Judaism.

  2. The literary genre of Gospel and the literary forms within the New Testament gospels.

  3. The distinctive theological themes of each of the four gospels.

  4. Exegesis of selected passages or themes from the four gospels using an accepted methodology

  5. The application of critically researched knowledge of the Gospels to various church activities.

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