The Synoptic Gospels together comprise the earliest narrative records available to us of Jesus’ ministry and teaching. This class will be an in-depth study of these three gospels. In Carson and Moo's Introduction to the New Testament, they write, "The Synoptic Gospels as a whole make an irreplaceable contribution. Alongside John, they constitute the foundational witness to the person, ministry, teaching, passion and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah." (162-3) In line with the above remark, this class will primarily focus on the object of their testimonies: Jesus Christ. We will also examine their relationship to one another as well as look at their historicity, origins and distinctive styles.
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Infancy & Genealogy
Week 3: John, Baptism & Temptation
Week 4: Ministry in Galilee
Week 5: The Passion, Jerusalem
Week 6: From Arrest to Resurrection
Week 7- 8: Major Sermons & The Parables
Week 9: Evidence for the Deity of Christ
Week 10: Conclusion: Who was Jesus Christ?