The Four Gospels are the most precise look into the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In these narrative depictions, we see the clearest example of the apostolic understanding of who Jesus was. This class will seek to survey the first four Books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, understanding their similarities and unique emphases. Students will engage with Patristic and Medieval readings of Scripture while also learning about modern scholarly discussions concerning these foundational books of the New Testament and of our life of faith.
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
- Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham
- Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels by Kenneth E. Bailey
- Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright
Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you would like help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.