The Four Gospels

This unit builds on the Biblical Studies introductory units by investigating the principal literary, historical and theological features of the four Gospels through exegetical methodologies. It examines the historical, geographical, cultural and religious background of the peoples of 1st century Christianity, the Gospel genre, its narrative shape and principal literary features. There is a focus on contemporary historical-critical methodologies for studying the Gospels, and practical exercises in exegesis and development into formal essays. It examines the distinctive Christology and related theological themes of each Gospel.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



9 credit points in Biblical Studies; Exclusion: not to be taken with B7254 Synoptic Gospels.

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 four Gospels
  2. identify the main literary forms and theological themes of the four Gospels
  3. employ exegetical methodologies in formal essay style on selected passages from the Gospels
  4. access and use sound secondary scholarship on the Gospels
  5. integrate their acquired knowledge into preaching, liturgy and spiritual leadership
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