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A detailed study of the New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and of the historical Jesus. We will reconstruct the social setting of each gospel and examine the gospels' major theological themes. Then we will examine the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Some attention will also be paid to the contents and message of the Acts of the Apostles.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate:

  1. A knowledge of the social settings of the New Testament gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and the Acts of the Apostles
  2. a knowledge of the basic theological ideas of Matthew, Mark, and Luke-Acts
  3. an awareness of the historical problem of how to reconstruct the life and teachings of Jesus
  4. a knowledge of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth and how they were a response to the beliefs and social structures of first century Jewish Palestine
  5. an awareness of the relevance of the teaching of the evangelists and Jesus to such contemporary problems as the proper Christian attitude toward the poor and women.



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