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Interpreting the Four Gospels

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Course Summary

This course unit builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in the pre-requisite biblical studies. It critically examines the historical context, structure, literary forms and theological content of the four gospels of the New Testament as well as their application to Christian worship, teaching and spirituality. As an Advanced Elective unit, this unit builds on critical skills formed in pre-requisite study and forms a part of a Specialisation in the Discipline of Biblical Studies in the postgraduate awards.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the impact that the historical, socio-cultural and religious background of the New Testament period had on the development of each of the four gospels

  2. Analyse and interpret the principal literary forms and theological themes of the four gospels of the New Testament

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

  4. Integrate secondary recent scholarship into the critical study and interpretation of the four gospels

  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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