Synoptic Gospels

This unit builds on any Biblical Studies introductory unit and contributes towards a deepening of knowledge and skills in systematic and critical study of the Synoptic Gospels. It explains the historical, 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 of introductory Biblical Studies

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the historical, socio-cultural and religious background of the Synoptic Gospels
  2. identify the literary forms and theological themes of the Synoptic Gospels
  3. provide a basic exegetical essay on selected passages from the Synoptic Gospels
  4. demonstrate an ability to identify and use sound secondary literature on the Synoptic Gospels
  5. employ their acquired knowledge in preaching, liturgy and spiritual leadership.
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