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.
Andrew W. Pitts, is the Chair of the Biblical Studies Department and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at Arizona Christian University (ACU), has published peer-reviewed articles in publications including the Journal of Biblical Literature, Currents in Biblical Research, the Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, and Religions. He has been the editor of the Brill Exegetical Commentary series since 2009 and is co-author of The Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism (Eerdmans, 2015). He is also co-editor of three recently released books on early Christianity: Christian Origins and Hellenistic Judaism (Brill, 2013), Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture (Brill, 2013), and The Language of the New Testament (Brill, 2013).
Prior to taking his post at ACU, Andrew taught at seminaries and universities across the continent, including Hope International University (Fullerton, CA), Veritas Evangelical Seminary (Murrieta, CA), Bethel Seminary (San Diego, CA), Heritage Seminary (Cambridge, ON, Canada), and McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON, Canada), where he did his doctoral work in Christian Theology (New Testament). Andrew has long had a passion for teaching and inspiring students by bringing innovative pedagogical techniques to the classroom.