Synoptic Gospels

This unit builds on any Biblical Studies introductory unit and contributes towards developing the ability to research in Biblical Studies through reading the Synoptic Gospels in the light of relevant contemporary scholarly literature. It examines the historical, geographical and socio-cultural context of the 1st century CE Roman Empire, and the religious context of 1st century CE Palestinian Judaism. It studies the literary genre of Gospel and the literary forms within the gospels, and the distinctive theological themes of each Synoptic Gospel. It considers contemporary historical-critical methodologies for studying the Synoptic Gospels, and opens the path to research and essay writing skills for New Testament Gospels.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 credit points in Biblical Studies.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical, socio-cultural and religious background of the Synoptic Gospels.
  2. Identify the literary forms and theological themes of the Synoptic Gospels.
  3. Exegete selected passages from the Synoptic Gospels.
  4. Integrate into formal essay writing, scholarly research on the Synoptic Gospels
  5. Employ their acquired knowledge in preaching, liturgy and spiritual leadership.
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