Gospels – NBST 815

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of select portions of the Gospels, including a treatment of introductory issues, aspects of historiography in the first century, hermeneutical principles regarding narrative literature and the diverse literary features within the Gospels, and a functional analysis of key interpretive issues in the study of the Gospels. The course engages with current evangelical scholarship on critical issues that relate to the study of the four gospels. Special emphasis is placed on biblical theological motifs within the Gospels, and expositional strategies to integrate standard exegesis with biblical theological awareness.  

Prerequisites 

BIBL 700 and BIBL 715

Rationale

The rationale for this class is to advance the student's knowledge in regard to Gospel studies. This will require a reassessment of introductory issues, an evangelical appraisal of historical Jesus research and an evaluation of narrative/literary reading of the Gospels. The purpose is to enable greater understanding when both studying and teaching the Gospels. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

A. Identify the historical, sociological, religious, and literary contexts of the Gospels.

B. Explain the introductory issues concerning the Gospels.

C. Evaluate major critical and hermeneutical issues confronting the interpretation of the Gospels.

D. Interact with current evangelical scholarship on critical hermeneutical and historical issues that relate to the Gospels especially regarding Jesus studies.

E. Analyze the major biblical motifs contained in the Gospels.

F. Demonstrate expositional strategies designed to integrate standard exegesis with biblical theological awareness.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread (800 word minimum) in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Additionally, students are expected to participate in robust dialog within the discussion forum, not simply replying to fellow students, but also responding to replies. Each discussion has specific requirements as detailed in the discussion prompt. The student must have a minimum of two replies (150 word minimum for each reply). 

Annotated Bibliography

The student will compose an Annotated Bibliography consisting of 15–20 scholarly sources to be utilized in the research paper. The bibliography must contain at least 5 academic books, at least 5 scholarly journals, and contain no more than 5 websites. Additionally, the student will provide a 2–3 sentence summary for each source to generalize the source as it relates to the research.

Paper Proposal

The student will write a rough draft of his or her final Research Paper. This rough draft needs to have the major paragraphs and major argument stated within the paper. The rough draft needs to be 1,200–2,400 words with at least 10 references in addition to course textbooks and the Bible in current Turabian format. 

Paper topics are to address an interest area of the student. Four main areas that the student should choose form are the following:

  • Addressing an introductory issue to a particular Gospel
  • Addressing a historical issue in regard to a particular Gospel
  • Evaluating a literary reading of a particular Gospel passage  
  • Developing a theological theme within a Gospel 

Research Paper

The student will write a 3,750–5,000-word research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on an issue in Gospel studies. The paper must include at least 15 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. Paper topics are to address an interest area of the student. Three main areas that the student should choose form are the following:

  • Addressing an introductory issue to a particular Gospel
  • Addressing a historical issue in regard to a particular Gospel
  • Evaluating a literary reading of a particular Gospel passage  
  • Developing a theological theme within a Gospel