The Four Gospels in Context

The Four Gospels in Context (CALD) builds on any introductory course unit in Biblical Studies and contributes towards the sub-major sequence in Biblical Studies. It enables students to develop the ability to research in Biblical Studies through reading the four New Testament Gospels in the light of relevant contemporary scholarly literature and accepted exegetical methodologies. It gives due consideration to the reception and application of the Gospels within the students’ cultural context.

This unit is available only to candidates enrolled in the BTh/BMin (CALD Stream).

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 credit points of Biblical Studies units.



Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret the way that the historical, socio-cultural and religious background of the New Testament period influenced the development of each of the four gospels
  2. Identify the principal literary forms and theological themes of the four gospels of the New Testament to show how they communicate their theological content
  3. Exegete selected passages from the four gospels using an accepted methodology
  4. Integrate secondary literature on the four gospels, including those originating from the students’ own cultural context, to interpret selected gospel passages or themes
  5. Apply insights gained from the critical study of the four gospels to contemporary Christian preaching, teaching and spirituality, particularly within the students’ own cultural context.
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