BIB505: The Gospels

(3 credits)

Course Description

This course explains the background, structure, main contents and major themes of each gospel. The four gospels provide apostolic witness on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lord. Each gospel offered unique original significance and pastoral aims to its intended audiences, and continues to provide authoritative witness to the church for its calling of worshipping and imitating Jesus as it bears witness to him among all nations.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical context, theological themes and literary shape of the gospels.
  2. Understand the unique witness of each evangelist on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, synthesize their shared witness, and summarize both aspects of their witness.
  3. Articulate the structure, main contents and themes of each gospel.
  4. Describe the eschatological context of New Testament witness to the kingdom of God and its roots in the teachings of Jesus.
  5. Analyze and describe the interpretive continuities and adjustments for appropriating each evangelist’s perspective on discipleship in their contemporary contexts of worship and witness.
  6. Utilize the texts for their intended purpose of cultivating the imitation of Christ in their corporate worship, preaching and teaching, family and personal devotions, local service and global outreach.

Moodle Login and Syllabus
Course Materials & Tuition

Darrell L. Bock with Benjamin I. Simpson, Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017).$34.62 (paperback or hardcover)
$28.99 (kindle)
Tuition$375.00
Total Cost of Course$403.99