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Mobile Ed: NT309 Critical Issues in the Synoptic Gospels (3 hour course - audio)



Explore the historical reliability of the Gospels and the controversy of miracles. Probe the Gospels as biographies recounting historical information passed down through written and oral traditions and eyewitness accounts.

This is the audio only version of NT309 Critical Issues in the Synoptic Gospels. To purchase the full course, click here.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: The Gospels and History

  • Introducing the Gospels
  • The Genre of the Gospels
  • The Basics of Ancient Biography
  • Ancient Biographers
  • Source Criticism
  • Form Criticism
  • Redaction Criticism
  • Oral Tradition
  • Memorization
  • Advanced Education in Antiquity
  • Linguistic Evidence for Authenticity
  • Eyewitnesses
  • The Gospels’ Appeal to Common Knowledge
  • Objections to Gospel Reliability

Unit 2: Miracles in the Gospels

  • Miracle Reports
  • Jesus’ Miracles
  • Philosophical Foundations of Naturalism
  • The Principle of Uniformity
  • Human Experience of the Miraculous
  • Eyewitness Reports of Miracles
  • More Modern Eyewitness Accounts
  • Raised from the Dead
  • Accounts from the Congo
  • Nature Miracles


  • Course Summary

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Craig Keener

Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and is the author of 17 books, four of which have won book awards in Christianity Today. One, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, has sold more than half a million copies. He has authored scholarly commentaries on Matthew, John (two volumes), Acts (four volumes), and more briefly on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Revelation. Dr. Keener is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who spent 18 months as a refugee in her nation of Congo before their marriage.




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