The Synoptic Gospels

Unit Overview
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. Student can expect to learn about God, Jesus, themselves, and their own part in the mission of God by taking this unit.

Online: This unit 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.

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Unit Details

Mode Online  On-campus 
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 foundation units which include NT001 and NT002.
NT009 requires the completion of LA005 and LA006.
48 credit points of core foundation units including NT001 and NT002.
Teacher  Craig Blomberg Mike Bird

Unit Content
Candidates are required to learn to employ interpretive methods of both biblical theology and modern contemporary scholarship. Candidates may not take any unit in which they repeat material completed in another unit.

  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).

Dr Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Colorado where he has been teaching since 1986. His academic work has tended to focus on the historical Jesus and the Gospels, but he has also written on a diverse range of issues including wealth and poverty, parables, eschatology, hermeneutics, and women in ministry.

Study Expectations
In this unit, 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 related to this unit. For online students, these usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Students are to allow 8-10 hours of study time per week for this introductory unit.


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