A survey of the canonical New Testament Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
Part One: Introduction
Part Two: The Setting
Part Three: The Synoptics
Part Four: Reliability of the Authors
Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels
This lesson answers questions like "Why were the Gospels Written?", "Who was the audience?", "Why only Four Gospels", and more.
Origins: How the Synoptics came to be, Are they dependent on one another? If so, which was written first and which depended on the others?
Synoptics as a Story The Storyteller, Narrative World, The Receiver, Progress of Plot and Narrative, Rhetoric, Assessment, and more.
Lesson Four: Historical Setting of the Synoptics The Persian Period (539-334BC), THE LXX, all the way to Jewish Revolt of AD 66-73
Lesson Five: The Religious Setting: Second Temple Judaism Core Jewish Beliefs, Temple, Priesthood, and Sacrifices, and lots more.
Lesson Six: Intro to Mark Characteristics, The Plot of Mark, The Suffering of the Son of God as Servant, Mark’s Portrait of Jesus and more.
Lesson Seven: Markan Features Other characters, Theological themes, Narrative Purpose, Reading Mark Today and more.
Lesson Eight: Intro to Matthew Central Themes, Literary Features, The Plot of Matthew, Appearance of Messiah, Ministry to Israel and more.
Lesson Nine: Gospel of Luke Central Theme, The Plot, Birth of the Savior, Galilean Ministry, Lukes Portrait: and more.
Historical Reliability The Role Of Presuppositions In Historical Research, The Burden of Proof, Contradictions Between The Gospels and more.