Be prepared for this subject to transform the way we read Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Be ready to ask questions like: Why did Jesus use the titles Son of Man and Son of God? Did the stories in the Gospels really happen in the order they are set out? How should we understand miracles? How can we account for inconsistencies and consistencies between the different accounts? Through this subject, we come to see the accounts of Jesus in the New Testament as theological documents grounded in unique historical, literary and biblical contexts. We appreciate how the four Gospels have distinctive purposes and we become equipped to move beyond using the Gospels simply to moralize, instead of learning to interpret sophisticated literary features like parables with a new eye to their structure and purpose. Studying the Gospels and the scholarly debates surrounding them helps us to understand and apply the life and words of Jesus as the Gospel writers (and God) intended.
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|Workload||One semester, 12 credit points|
In this subject, you can expect to be guided through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages covered in the syllabus. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students should allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this introductory subject.