Full course description
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Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the synoptic gospels, share much in common, but at the same time, each one is unique, painting its own portrait of Jesus. This course approaches the gospels mainly from historical and literary perspectives, but it also looks at patristic interpretation and at how the gospels are received today. Roman Catholic principles of scriptural exegesis will be incorporated throughout the study. By the end of the course, students will begin to understand how complex and nuanced these gospels, and their portraits of Jesus, really are.
Unit 1: Introduction to the Gospels and the Catholic approach to Scripture
Unit 2: Gospel of Mark
Unit 3: Gospel of Matthew
Unit 4: Gospel of Luke
- Five weeks in duration; first week for orientation.
- Up to 20 students in each course.
- Video lectures and assigned readings.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (200-250) required.
- Facilitator-moderated weekly Zoom sessions with participants.
- Watch video summaries and read the assigned chapters for each unit.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussions.
- Answer weekly discussion question.
- Respond to weekly unit assignment.
- Attend weekly Zoom for each unit. If you cannot attend, you can still meet the participation requirements.
- Complete the course evaluation.
3 to 4 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
An electronic certificate of completion awarding 25 contact hours will be available in course when completing all course requirements.
Course Begins: April 2024