The Synoptic Gospels

The Gospel of Luke is an amazing story of Jesus with so many famous episodes like the “Nazareth Manifesto,” the parable of the prodigal son, the story of Zacchaeus, and the account of the two travellers on the road to Emmaus. Luke’s Gospel highlights the meaning of salvation, the compassion of Jesus for women, the poor, and outcasts, the purpose and plan of God, and clarifies the nature of discipleship. Students can expect to learn about God, Jesus, themselves, and their own part in the mission of God by taking this subject.

Online + Online ‘live’: This subject explores the argument and structure of Matthew’s Gospel in the context of the other Synoptic Gospels. You will consider major themes and issues addressed in the book and focus on exegesis (and translation) of the English or Greek text of several chapters of Matthew. You will also think through the implications for New Testament exposition and Christian ministry. In 2023 this subject will be run as a Online ‘live’ unit – an enhanced Ridley Online learning experience.

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Subject Details

Mode Online + Online ‘live’
Workload  One semester
12 credit points
One semester
12 credit points
Status  Elective Elective
Unit code NT008 (English)
NT009 (Greek)
NT008 (English)
NT009 (Greek)
Prerequisites  48 credit points of core subjects which include NT001, NT002 or NT003
NT009 requires the completion of LA005 and LA006
48 credit points of core subjects which includes NT001, NT002 or NT003
Teacher  Craig Blomberg – online video content
Mike Bird – Online ‘live’ content
Mike Bird

Students are required to learn to employ interpretive methods of both biblical theology and modern contemporary scholarship.

  1. The theology and critical issues in the modern study of the Gospel chosen, with the capacity to review and evaluate significant interpretive perspectives.
  2. Exegesis of the English text of Luke 14–24 (or a comparable block of chapters from a Synoptic Gospel).

Study Expectations
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 by 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. Allow 10 hours of study time per week for this advanced subject.


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