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Mobile Ed: NT254 The Jesus of the Gospels (audio)

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The Jesus of the Gospels (NT254) focuses on the historical Jesus and the reliability of the four gospels. The course surveys different “quests” for the historical Jesus by critical scholarship and examines, apologetically, what we can demonstrate about the person of Jesus. It assesses the teaching of Jesus, his miracles, the intention of his ministry, and the historical evidence for his death and resurrection.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: The Gospels and the Historical Jesus

  • What Can We Know about Jesus?
  • Sources for Knowing about Jesus
  • What Are the Gospels? Part 1
  • What Are the Gospels? Part 2
  • How the Gospels Came to Be

Unit 2: Quests for the Historical Jesus

  • Searching for the Real Jesus
  • The First Quest for the Historical Jesus
  • Rudolf Bultmann and the Period of No Quest: Part 1
  • Rudolf Bultmann and the Period of No Quest: Part 2
  • The Second Quest and the Jesus Seminar
  • The Contemporary Scene
  • Examining Method and Context
  • The Criteria of Authenticity
  • Contemporary Portraits: Part 1
  • Contemporary Portraits: Part 2

Unit 3: The Reliability of the Gospels

  • Presuppositions, Biases, and the Burden of Proof
  • Luke: A Reliable Historian
  • A Generally Reliable Gospel Tradition
  • Contradictions in the Gospels
  • The Historical Reliability of John

Unit 4: The Chronology of Jesus’ Ministry

  • A Portrait of Jesus from Afar
  • The Basic Structure of Jesus’ Ministry
  • A Chronology of Jesus’ Life

Unit 5: Jesus’ Birth and Childhood

  • Introduction to the Birth Narratives
  • The Genealogies
  • The Virginal Conception
  • Bethlehem and the Census
  • Popular Myths about Christmas
  • Jesus’ Family Life

Unit 6: The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry

  • John the Baptist: The Herald of Messianic Salvation
  • The Baptism of Jesus
  • The Temptation of Jesus

Unit 7: The Teaching of Jesus

  • Jesus the Teacher
  • The Kingdom of God
  • Jesus and the Law: Part 1
  • Jesus and the Law: Part 2
  • Grace and Works
  • Jesus and Social Justice
  • The Parables of the Kingdom: Part 1
  • The Parables of the Kingdom: Part 2

Unit 8: The Miracles of Jesus

  • The Question of Miracles
  • Did Jesus Perform Miracles? Part 1
  • Did Jesus Perform Miracles? Part 2
  • The Significance of Jesus’ Miracles

Unit 9: The Messianic Words and Deeds of Jesus

  • The Remarkable Authority of Jesus
  • The Scope of Jesus’ Ministry: Calling the Twelve
  • The Scope of Jesus’ Ministry: A Universal Kingdom
  • The Significance of the Triumphal Entry
  • The Significance of the Temple Cleansing
  • Jesus’ Titles: Christ
  • Jesus’ Titles: Son of Man
  • Jesus’ Titles: Son of God
  • Jesus’ Titles: Lord

Unit 10: The Death of Jesus

  • The Role of the Romans
  • The Role of the Jews
  • Jesus’ Expectations
  • The Significance of Jesus’ Death

Unit 11: The Resurrection of Jesus

  • The Importance of the Resurrection
  • Rationalistic Explanations for the Resurrection
  • Historical Evidence for the Resurrection
  • The Significance of the Resurrection

Unit 12: Concluding Thoughts

  • Faith, Apologetics, and the Gospels
  • The Already/Not Yet Kingdom of God
  • A Holistic Vision of Salvation

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About Mark L. Strauss

Dr. Mark L. Strauss is the professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written several books, including The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy, and Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series.