FSW – Phoenix
NS500: new Testament 1: Gospels.
DESCRIPTION: This course constitutes an introduction to the nature, structure, and message of the New Testament Gospels in their historical, literary, and canonical contexts.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Central to the life of the church and each individual Christian is the figure of Jesus. It is incumbent upon each student to know these Gospels, the primary source for our understanding of the Source for the faith. The Gospels provide the foundation for Christian life and thought.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Having successfully completed this course, students will have demonstrated that they (1) can articulate the character of the Gospels as witness to Jesus Christ; (2) are familiar with the historical background, content, structure, and message of each of the New Testament Gospels; and (3) have skill in the interpretation of the Gospels as appropriate for effective leadership in Christian communities.
COURSE FORMAT: The course will meet on Oct 8-9, 22-23; Nov 5-6; Dec 3-4 from 6:30-9:30 on Fridays and 8:00-12:30 on Saturdays for 30 hours. The class will involve lecture and discussion based on the reading of the Gospels and secondary sources.
Achtemeier, Paul J., Green, Joel B., and Thompson, Marianne Meye. Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. ISBN 0802837174, $40.00.
Aland, Kurt. Synopsis of the Four Gospels: Greek-English Edition. 9th ed. New York: American Bible Society, 1987. ISBN 3438054051, $129.99, or RSV Synopsis of the Four Gospels. New York: American Bible Society, 2010. ISBN 1585169420, $49.49
Green, J. B., McKnight, S. and Marshall, I. Howard. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1992, ISBN: 0830817778, $60.00. (Selections)
1. With each class session, the student needs to turn in an index card indicating what they have read since the last session. (15%)
2. Map quiz. (10%)
3. A mid-term examination, covering Greco-Roman and Jewish cultural background, interpretation of the Gospels, and Gospel of Mark. Learning Outcomes 1-2) (20%)
4. A paper of 12 pages (not including bibliography) on some aspect of the Gospel literature or ministry of Jesus. (Learning Outcome 3) (30%)
5. Take-home final exam on the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. (Learning Outcomes 1-2) (25%)
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: M.Div.: NT1; MAT: Gospels; MA: MATM/MACL: NS.
FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes.