New Testament Studies: The Four Gospels represent unique ancient and Biblical Literature. Unlike other biblical genres, the “Gospel” genre has no ancient literary parallel. It is a unique genre for communicating about a unique life—that of the perfect God-man, Jesus.
This class takes students on the rich and fascinating discovery of Jesus’ life and the provable, historically accurate truth of His message.
While the Gospels bear some similarity to biblical narrative, they are not strictly narratives for many reasons. Additionally, the Gospels, while biographical are not strictly speaking “biographies.” While biographies might condense certain periods of a persons life (maybe their early childhood), they generally present the whole of the person’s life story.
New Testament Studies: The Four Gospels will take students on the rich and fascinating discovery of Jesus life, the provable, historically accurate truth of the Gospel message and its universal appeal and importance to all peoples, throughout time. Students will gain an appreciation for the veracity of Scripture and the claims of Jesus, building their personal faith as they dive deeply into the beauty of the Gospels.
Required Text: The Four: A Survey of the Gospels by Peter J. Leithart
Studying the Gospels does not mean that we are ignoring other books of the Bible. In fact, quite the opposite, since studying the Gospels launches us into other books in both the Old and New Testaments. When we focus on the Gospels, we are focusing on what everything in the Bible is about. When we delve deeply into Jesus’ saving mission on earth, we must look at the prophecies He fulfills and how the truths He proclaims get repeated throughout all of Scripture. Adele Werner
Educated scholars throughout time have recognized the importance of Scripture, and have studied it extensively. For those of the Judeo-Christian faith, it is of foundational importance, surpassing our desire to understand the historical and literary significance and going to the heart of our faith and values. This course will give students a rich understanding of the significance of the gospels as well as teach students how to study Scripture.
Required Materials for this course:
- The Four: A Survey of the Gospels by Peter J. Leithart