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24-04 The Synoptic Gospels is a Course

24-04 The Synoptic Gospels

Apr 29, 2024 - May 31, 2024

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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.


Course Content

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

Course Format

  • 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.

Participation Requirements

  • 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.

Time Expectations

3 to 4 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.

Course Certificate

An electronic certificate of completion awarding 25 contact hours will be available in course when completing all course requirements.

Area: Scripture

Course Begins: April 2024