The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark & Luke

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. 

Course Length
10 weeks

Class Materials


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?