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Mobile Ed: NT203 The Literary Context of the Gospels (4 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: NT203 The Literary Context of the Gospels (4 hour course)

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Lexham Press 2016–2017

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Overview

The Literary Context of the Gospels (NT203) examines the genre of the gospels. The course examines what type of literature the gospels may be as well as what the implications are for interpretation. It looks at both ancient and modern genre and surveys the history of the interpretation of the gospel genre. The course explores different structural features of the gospels and shows how these features fit with genres like history or ancient biography. By understanding the genre of the gospels, you’ll gain insight into how the gospel writers intended to communicate their message about the person, life, and ministry of Jesus.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Determine the genre of the gospels
  • Determine the implications for interpretation
  • Identify the different structural features of the gospels
  • Identify how the gospel writers intended to communicate their message about the person, life, and ministry of Jesus

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Genre Theory: Ancient and Modern

  • What Are the Gospels?
  • What Is Genre?
  • Genre and Literary Types

Unit 2: The Gospels asSui Generis

  • The Historical-Critical Paradigm
  • Martin Dibelius on the Genre of the Gospels
  • Rudolf Bultmann and the Synoptic Tradition
  • C. H. Dodd and the Gospel as Kerygma
  • Other Contributors to Sui Generis

Unit 3: The Gospels as Bios

  • The “Life of Jesus” Project
  • The Initial Assessments
  • The Work of Charles Talbert
  • Philip Shuler, Albrecht Dihle, David Aune, and a New Trajectory
  • Richard Burridge and the Graeco-Roman Bios
  • A New and Emerging Consensus
  • Responses to Richard Burridge
  • Craig Keener andThe Historical Jesus of the Gospels
  • Jonathan Pennington’s Critique of Burridge
  • A More Comprehensive Assessment
  • Justin Smith and the Study of Bios
  • Michael Licona and Applying Bios
  • Licona’s Five Compositional Strategies: Part 1
  • Licona’s Five Compositional Strategies: Part 2
  • Licona’s Five Compositional Strategies: Part 3
  • Licona’s Five Compositional Strategies: Part 4
  • Licona’s Five Compositional Strategies: Part 5
  • The Problem of Luke’s Gospel

Unit 4: Other Proposals for the Gospels’ Genre

  • Aretalogy, Drama, Mythography, and Mimesis
  • Mimesis: Part 1
  • Mimesis: Part 2
  • Mimesis: Part 3
  • Ancient Novel or Historical Monograph?

Unit 5: Richard Burridge and the Gospels as Bios

  • Burridge’s Criteria: Part 1
  • Burridge’s Criteria: Part 2
  • Burridge’s Criteria: Part 3
  • Burridge’s Sample Group
  • Problems with Burridge’s Criteria: Part 1
  • Problems with Burridge’s Criteria: Part 2
  • Problems with Burridge’s Criteria: Part 3
  • New Criteria

Unit 6: The Gospels, History, and Bios

  • Preface Criteria Applied
  • Event-Participant Criteria Applied
  • Authoritative Citation Criteria Applied
  • Implications and Moving Forward

Conclusion

  • Course Review

Product Details

  • Title: NT203 The Literary Context of the Gospels
  • Instructor: Andrew W. Pitts
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4

About the Instructor

Dr. Andrew W. Pitts is the chair of the biblical studies department and assistant professor of biblical studies and Christian ministries at Arizona Christian University. He is editor of the Brill Exegetical Commentary and is coauthor of Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism. He is also coeditor of three recently released books on early Christianity and has published articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.