This course covers the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented in the four Gospels. Emphasis is on the analysis of the four Gospels in the context of the social, political, and religious conditions of the first century. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the background, purpose, message, and themes of the Gospels and the significance of Jesus Christ in the first century and beyond.
- Trace the events and statements involved in Jesus’ life in a logical and chronological sequence;
- Describe the significance of the words and works of Jesus Christ in light of the historical, the geographical, and cultural context of the Gospels;
- Demonstrate an understanding of God’s overall plan of redemption and the implications of the basic truths revealed in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ;
- Show the harmony of the four gospels and dispel any questions of the so-called “contradictory
facts” found in each of them;
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the life and ministry of Christ relates to prophecy, first-century Jewish and Christian life, and beyond;
- Demonstrate skill in the analysis and exegesis of key Bible passages in the Gospels, and Show mastery of the basic terminology of this course and the physical geography associated with the Gospels.