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Mobile Ed: NT312 The Gospels and Ancient Pedagogy (3 hour course - audio)

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The Gospels are 2000-year-old texts, so as you read them it is important to understand the ancient genre they represent. In this course, Craig Evans surveys the Gospels, discusses issues of text criticism, and explains ancient teaching methods so you understand not only what Jesus taught, but how he taught it and why his lessons are recorded as they are across the Gospel texts.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Gospels: Chronology, Canonicity and Text

  • Gospel of Mark
  • Researching the Dating of Mark’s Gospel with Custom Collections
  • Gospel of Matthew
  • Surveying the Jewish Temples with Bible Facts and the Timeline
  • Gospel of Luke
  • Examining the Greek Word behind Paul and Barnabas’ “Sharp Disagreement”
  • Gospel of John
  • Examining the Identity of the “Beloved Disciple”
  • Early Canonicity and Stable Text

Unit 2: Gospels: Jewish Versions

  • A Hebrew Matthew?
  • Hebrew Matthew: Two Approaches
  • Shem Tov’s Hebrew Matthew: Part 1
  • Finding the Frequency of “God” in the Gospels
  • Shem Tov’s Hebrew Matthew: Part 2
  • Shem Tov’s Hebrew Matthew: Part 3
  • Using the Sermon Starter Guide to Research the Kingdom of God
  • Shem Tov’s Hebrew Matthew: Part 4
  • Patristic Evidence of a Hebrew Matthew
  • Ways of Citing Jewish Gospels
  • Origen: Gospel of the Nazarenes
  • Epiphanius: Gospel of the Ebionites
  • Jerome: Gospel of the Nazarenes

Unit 3: Historiography and Pedagogy

  • Introducing Historiography and Pedagogy
  • Historiography: Truthful but Not Verbatim
  • Pedagogy: Memorization but Not Verbatim
  • Researching Differences in the Gospels

Unit 4: The Synoptic Problem

  • Introducing the Synoptic Problem
  • Examples of the Synoptic Differences
  • Synoptic Case Study: Stilling the Storm


  • Summary Observations

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About Craig A. Evans

Craig A. Evans is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies, a commentary on Mark in the Word Biblical Commentary, Jesus and the Ossuaries, and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. He has recently served on the advisory board of the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.