May 28, 2024  
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 702 - The Synoptic Gospels

This course provides a literary and historical treatment of the New Testament’s Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, and Luke).  The major features and unique narrative themes of these authors’ presentations of Jesus will be compared and contrasted.  This course also will examine the similarities and differences between the Synoptic Gospels and the non-synoptic Gospel of John. 

Prerequisites & Notes
Master’s Degree in Theology or Ministry or 36 credits earned towards the Master of Divinity

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

1. Describe the chronological series of events that led to the creation of the gospels.

2. Identify the synoptic gospels and explain their literary origins.

3. Summarize the Two-Source Hypothesis.

4. Identify the nature and character of the Q-Source.

5. Explain the fundamental approach of Textual Criticism.

6. Explain the fundamental approach of Historical Criticism.

7. Appraise the major features & unique narrative themes of the New Testament Gospels.

8. Appraise the major similarities & differences between the Gospels’ portrayals of Jesus.

Credits: 1

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