NT501 - Jesus and the Gospels
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Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
1. The contents, themes and character of the canonical Gospel traditions.
2. The life and ministry of Jesus.
3. Selected approaches to 'Jesus and the Gospels'.
Be able to
1. Explain the influence of the historical, socio-cultural, religious and political setting of first-century Palestine as the context of Jesus’ life and ministry.
2. Analyse the distinctive features of the four Gospels and the interrelationships between them.
a. the life and identity of Jesus; and
b. the message and ministry of Jesus.
4. Evaluate selected approaches to ‘Jesus and the Gospels’.
Be in a position to
1. Integrate perspectives from ‘Jesus and the Gospels’ with their other theological studies.
2. Apply perspectives from ‘Jesus and the Gospels’ to current issues in Christian life and thought.
Jesus’ life and ministry, with special reference to the following:
a. Context and setting: The historical, socio-cultural, religious and political setting of first century Palestine.
b. One Gospel and four Gospels:
i. A detailed study of one or more gospels.
ii. Distinctive features of the Gospels.
iii. The interrelationship of the Gospels.
c. The identity and life of Jesus:
i. The designations and titles of Jesus.
ii. The passion and resurrection narratives.
d. The message and ministry of Jesus:
i. The Kingdom of God in the proclamation of Jesus.
ii. The significance and interpretation of the parables.
iii. The ethics of Jesus, including the Sermon on the Mount.
iv. The miracles of Jesus and their significance.
e. Reflection (through a-d) on the significance of Jesus Christ for contemporary life and ministry.
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Bauckham, R. (ed.), The Gospels for All Christians: Rethinking the Gospel Audiences (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998).
Becker, J., Jesus of Nazareth (New York: Walter de Gruyter and Co, 1998).
Blomberg, C. L., Jesus and the Gospels (Leicester: Apollos, 2002 repr).
Bockmuehl, M., The Cambridge Companion to Jesus (Cambridge: CUP, 2001).
Bock, D. L., Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002).
Bock, D. L. and G. J. Herrick. Jesus in Context: Background Readings for Gospel Study. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005).
Bolt, P. G., The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).
Borg, M. J., Jesus (New York: Happer One, 2008).
Dungan, D. L., A History of the Synoptic Problem, Anchor Bible Reference Library (New York: Doubleday, 1999).
Edwards, J. R., The Gospel According to Mark (PNTC). (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002).
Gnilka, J., Jesus of Nazareth: Message and History (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1997).
Harding, M. and A. Nobbs (eds), The Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010).
Hultgren, A. J., The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000).
Malbon, E. S., Hearing Mark: A Listener's Guide (Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 2002).
Rhoads, D., J. Dewey and D. Michie, Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel (2nd ed. Minneapolis:Fortress Press, 1999).
Seccombe, D., The King of God’s Kingdom: A Solution to the Puzzle of Jesus (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002).
Stanton, G. N., The Gospels and Jesus, Oxford Bible Series, (2nd ed.; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).
Stein, R. H., Studying the Synoptic Gospels. (2nd Ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001).
Strauss, M. L., Four Portraits, One Jesus: An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).
Wright, N. T., Jesus and the Victory of God. (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996).
Wright, N. T., The Resurrection of the Son of God. (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003).
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