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New Testament Survey – Gospels

About this Class

This is the first part of an introductory course to the New Testament, covering the books Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These lectures were given at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky during the fall of 2002. The synopsis Dr. Stein refers to the Synopsis of the Four Gospels, English Edition, published by the American Bible Society. You can click here to order it.

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Lectures

Lecture 1

Discussion of the similarities and differences in the accounts of Jesus' life in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.

Lecture 2

The Gospel of Mark is shorter than the other Gospels and some of the grammar and theology is unique. There are also significant similarities bewteen Mark and the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Lecture 3

Discussion of the extensive similarities between the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, including the likely existence of a "Q" document.

Lecture 4

Some time passed between the ascension of Jesus and the writing of the Gospels because there was no need for a written account while the eyewitnesses were still alive and in that culture oral tradition was the primary method of preserving history. Form critics also note that it is likely that it is likely that many of the narratives and sayings of Jesus circulated independently.

Lecture 5

Form criticism is the method of classifying literature by literary pattern and determine its original form and historical context in order to interpret its meaning accurately.

Lecture 6

Redaction criticism focuses on evaluating how a writer has seemingly shaped and molded a narrative to express his theological goals.

Lecture 7

Studying the background and theological emphases of the Gospel of Mark helps us to understand the central message of his Gospel.

Lecture 8

Studying the background and theological emphases of the Gospel of Mark helps us to understand the central message of his Gospel.

Lecture 9

Studying the background and theological emphases of the Gospel of Luke helps us to understand the central message of his Gospel.

Lecture 10

Studying the background and theological emphases of the Gospel of John helps us to understand the central message of his Gospel.

Lecture 11

By studying the background and comparing the text of the synoptic gospels, we can be confident of their authenticity.

Lecture 12

In order to understand Jesus' teaching, it is important to understand how he uses exaggeration and determine when he is using exaggeration to make a point.

Lecture 13

The Gospels record how Jesus used different literary forms to communicate his teachings. This class was taught by a teaching assistant of Dr. Stein's but his name was not provided. 

Lecture 14

Jesus told parables to communicate with people. It's important to know how to interpret parables to accurately understand what Jesus was trying to teach. At different times in history, people have used different paradigms to interpret parables.

Lecture 15

Jesus told parables to communicate with people. It's important to know how to interpret parables to accurately understand what Jesus was trying to teach. At different times in history, people have used different paradigms to interpret parables.

Lecture 16

Jesus used different literary forms to communicate with people. It's important to know how to interpret these literary forms, including parables, to accurately understand what Jesus was trying to teach.

Lecture 17

The kingdom of God is God's kingdom invading the earthly kingdom. There is a tension between the "now" and "not yet."

Lecture 18

Jesus' teaching about the fatherhood of God reveals for us a tension between reverence and intimacy.

Lecture 19

The ethical teachings of Jesus are scattered throughout the Gospels and sometimes seem to be contradictory. He emphasized the need for a new heart and the importance of loving God and our "neighbor."

Lecture 20

We learn about who Jesus was by examining what he said and what he did.

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