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Study the New Testament in depth with renowned biblical scholar Craig Evans in this ten-course bundle. Gain insight into the world of the New Testament as Dr. Evans explores the history and archaeology of the time of Jesus. Hear how the Dead Sea Scrolls were first discovered and how these ancient documents provide insight into elusive topics, such as the ministry of John the Baptist, the works of the Law, and the description of the New Jerusalem in Revelation. Examine the reliability of the original New Testament manuscripts and see how other ancient writers—both Roman and Jewish—described Jesus and his ministry. Dive into the Synoptic Gospels as Dr. Evans the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, unpacking their original context and exploring their relevance for believers today.

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  • Title: Craig A. Evans Bundle
  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 10
  • Video Hours: 49
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AR151 Archaeology in Action: Jesus and Archaeology

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 3

Join distinguished professor Dr. Craig A. Evans on a journey to some of the most significant New Testament archaeological sites. Filmed on-site in Israel’s Galilee region, Dead Sea region, and Jerusalem, this course will give you insight into first-century socioeconomic life and will help you grasp the historical and biblical context of Jesus’ ministry.

As the course takes you through cities and other locations around the Sea of Galilee, you’ll learn where Jesus and his disciples walked and lived, including Capernaum, the headquarters of Jesus’ Galilean ministry. Discover how the Qumran Dead Sea Scrolls reveal how deeply rooted in the Old Testament the early Christian movement was, and hear how these texts have been preserved for future generations. Explore burial practices and evidence of crucifixion in the first century in Jerusalem.

Contents:

Unit 1: Galilee and the Surrounding Areas
  • Nazareth
  • Capernaum: Synagogue and Peter’s House
  • Bethsaida
  • Magdala: Village and Synagogue
  • Magdala: Boat
  • Caesarea Maritima
Unit 2: Dead Sea Region
  • Masada and the Dead Sea
  • The Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Messianic Expectation at Qumran
  • Damascus Document and the Serek Scroll
Unit 3: Jerusalem
  • Discoveries in and around Jerusalem
  • Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam
  • The Jerusalem Temple and Evidence for the Crucifixion
  • Roman Crucifixion and Jewish Burial Practices
  • X-Shaped versus T-Shaped Cross Theories
  • Jehohanan’s Heel Bone: Part 1
  • Jehohanan’s Heel Bone: Part 2
  • Jesus’ Cross
  • Jewish Burial Practices at the Tombs of Aceldama
  • The Shroud Tomb and Jesus’ Burial
  • Jesus’ Burial and Resurrection

NT306 The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 5

Craig Evans combines his extensive knowledge of ancient manuscripts and New Testament studies to survey the contents, context, and influence of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He details the history of the scrolls and the Essenes, and shows how the scrolls affect our understanding of Jesus, John the Baptist, and the early church.

Contents:

Unit 1: Introduction and Overview
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
  • Overview of the Course
  • Creating a Layout for the Biblical Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The First Discovery
  • Important Genizah Finds
  • The Second Find
  • Scripture Scrolls
  • Pesharim: Commentary Scrolls
  • Militant Messianic Pesharim
  • Adding the Sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls to the Dead Sea Scrolls Layout
  • Sectarian Scrolls
  • The Essenes and the Origins of the Scrolls
  • Building and Searching a Collection of Dead Sea Scrolls Resources
  • What the Ruins Tell Us
Unit 2: Dead Sea Scrolls: Gospels
  • John the Baptist: Part 1
  • John the Baptist: Part 2
  • Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Jesus’ Proclamation of Jubilee
  • Jesus’ Exorcism and Healing
  • Exorcism and the Psalms
  • Strings of Beatitudes
  • Jesus’ Assurance for John the Baptist
  • Jesus on Divorce and Monogamy
  • Qumran on Divorce and Monogamy
  • Researching the Essenes’ Belief about Divorce
  • The Temple Tax
  • The Eschatological Banquet
  • God’s Vineyard
  • The Law and Life
  • Conclusions: Value of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Unit 3: Dead Sea Scrolls: Epistles and Revelation
  • Paul and Qumran: Ecclesiastical Terminology
  • Paul and Qumran: “Works of the Law”
  • James versus Priestly Zeal for the Law
  • Qumran and “Works of the Law”
  • The Sons of Light
  • Mystery and Revelations
  • The Flesh and Spirit
  • Covered Heads and Angels
  • Order in the Assembly
  • James and Doing the Law/Word
  • Hebrews on Melchizedek
  • Qumran on Melchizedek
  • Spiritual Sacrifice
  • Qumran and John: Dualism
  • Qumran and John: Conceptual Parallels
  • Revelation on New Jerusalem
  • Qumran on New Jerusalem
  • New Jerusalem: Summary
  • Use of the Scrolls for New Testament Interpretation
  • Postscript: Possible Early Discoveries

NT307 Archaeology and the New Testament

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 5

In this course, Craig Evans describes the world of Jesus and the early church based on archeology. He draws connections between archaeological finds and relevant Scripture passages and theological issues. Evans discusses how archaeology sheds light on the synagogues of Israel, literacy of the time, Pilate and Caiaphas, and burial traditions.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: The Tasks of Archaeology
  • Recovery of Material Culture
  • Studying Archaeology with The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
  • Related Disciplines
  • Contribution of Science
  • Spectrometrical Analysis: An Example of Science Aiding Archaeology
  • Other Enhancements and Analyses
  • Important Excavation Sites
  • Preview of Remaining Course Topics
Unit 2: Jesus and the Synagogues
  • Jesus Visited the Synagogues
  • Searching for Synagogue References in the New Testament
  • But Were There Synagogues?
  • The Capernaum Synagogue
  • Have We Found Peter’s House?
  • Gamla
  • The Herodium
  • Jericho
  • Studying Jericho with Image Searching and the Bible Facts Report
  • Jerusalem
  • Magdala
  • Masada
  • Modi’in and Qiryat Sefer
  • Nazareth and Sepphoris
  • Researching the Theory that Jesus Was a Jewish Cynic
Unit 3: Books and Artifacts
  • Book Culture and Literacy
  • The Suffering Servant and Jesus
  • Researching New Testament Quotes or Allusions to Isaiah
  • The Qumran Scroll and the Leningrad Codex
  • The Aramaic Targums
Unit 4: Pilate and Caiaphas
  • The Caiaphas Ossuary
  • Other High Priests and Miriam
  • Finding and Exporting Images of Ossuaries
  • Pontius Pilate
  • Finding Pilate in the Writings of Josephus and Philo
  • Procurator or Prefect?
Unit 5: Jewish Tombs and Burial Traditions
  • The Importance of the Archaeology of Burial
  • Jewish Burial Practices: Burial and Funeral
  • Jewish Burial Practices: Ossilegium
  • The Soul Departs Three Days after Death
  • Resources for Studying Ancient Cultural Backgrounds
Unit 6: Jesus’ Death and Burial Compared with Jewish Burial Traditions
  • Why Such Large Crowds Followed Jesus
  • Whitewashed Tombs
  • Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead
  • Researching Matthew 8:22 with the Passage Guide
  • Lazarus
  • Jesus is Anointed with Perfume
  • Two Sites Are Claimed to Be Jesus’ Burial Place
  • Studying Joseph of Arimathea with Bible Facts
  • Jewish Piety Required Burial
  • Did Pilate Permit the Burial of Jesus?
  • Burial Restrictions for Executed Criminals
  • The Death and Burial of Jesus
  • The Talpiot Tomb Prompts Speculation
  • Solving the Mystery of the Gable
  • More Conclusions Concerning the Talpiot Tomb
Conclusion
  • Summing Up the Course

NT308 The Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 1

In this course, Craig Evans answers a question commonly asked about the New Testament—can we trust the manuscripts? Because the answer has serious consequences, Dr. Evans clearly outlines the history of these important documents. He discusses the quality, quantity, and age of the manuscripts and how these elements compare to nonbiblical ancient texts. Numerous text examples as well as descriptions of the practices of ancient writers and scribes also contribute to his argument for reliable manuscripts.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Evidence for the Reliability of New Testament Manuscripts
  • The Basics of New Testament Manuscripts
  • Finding Manuscripts in Logos
  • Examples Demonstrating the Quality of New Testament Manuscripts
  • Adding Manuscript Images to Presentations or Documents
  • Exploring Ancient Manuscripts and Resources
  • The Comparative Strength of the New Testament Manuscript Record
  • The Longevity of the Autographs
  • Researching the Works of Tertullian
  • The Number of Autographs
  • Accessing and Navigating the Textual Apparatus
  • The Preservation of the New Testament in Translations

NT311 The World of Jesus and the Gospels

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 3

Gain clarity in your reading of the Gospels with a study of the intertestamental period. The decline of the Persian Empire, the rise of Alexander the Great, Israel’s military engagements and religious movements—the events between the final book of the Old Testament and the first Gospel are a backdrop for Christ’s appearance and the development of Christianity. Intertestamental history clarifies the context of the New Testament for a deeper, more robust understanding of Scripture.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Intertestamental Socio-Religious World
  • Timeline
  • Succession of Imperial Powers
  • Using the Timeline to Trace the History of the Intertestamental Period
  • Antiochus Epiphanes
  • Accessing and Utilizing the Perseus Classics Collection in Logos
  • Hasmoneans
  • Using the Topic Section in Search Results to Research Antiochus IV
  • Roman Intervention
  • Creating a Custom Series and Layout to Study the Bible with Apocrypha
  • History of Rome
  • Herod the Great
  • Using the Favorites Tool to Store and Organize Research
  • Roman Prefects and Procurators
  • Using the Bible Facts Tool to Distinguish between the Herods
  • Jewish Agitators: “Messiahs”
  • Jewish Agitators: “Prophets”
  • Searching the Writings of Josephus for Mentions of Christ
  • Time of Jesus: Religious and Cultural Background
  • Time of Jesus: Social and Economic Background
  • Temple
  • Finding and Exporting Images with the Bible Facts Tool
  • Synagogues
Unit 2: Intertestamental Ideas
  • Interpreting Scripture
  • Using a Proximity Search to Find Images of the Synagogue at Capernaum
  • Intertestamental Literature
  • Extracanonical Insights: Parable of the Vineyard
  • Creating a Layout to Study the Targums
  • Extracanonical Insights: John the Baptist’s Messianic Doubts
  • Extracanonical Insights: John’s Prologue
  • Intertestamental Development of Old Testament Ideas
  • Graeco-Roman Philosophies
  • Summary and Conclusions

NT312 The Gospels and Ancient Pedagogy

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 3

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.

Contents:

Introduction
  • 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
Conclusion
  • Summary Observations

NT313 Jesus and the Witness of the Outsiders

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 1

Evans’ study of the historical Jesus has led him to seek out a wide variety of ancient sources related to Christ. This course is a result of that study, focusing on the evidence from extrabiblical sources and seeing what they reveal about the life of Christ. Examine works by Roman and Jewish writers, and even invocations of Jesus’ name in pagan incantations, and discover what these works can tell us about Christ’s place in history.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: The Witness of Roman Writers
  • Tacitus and Suetonius
  • Pliny the Younger
  • Celsus and Lucian
  • Using Clippings to Document Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses to Christ
  • Mara bar Serapion
Unit 2: The Witness of Jewish Writers
  • Josephus’ Jewish Antiquities
  • Using Timelines in Logos to Find Events in Jesus’ Life
  • Translations of Josephus and Rabbinic Literature
  • The Qur’an and Other Writings
  • Building and Searching a Collection of Ancient Non-Christian Witnesses to Christ
Unit 3: Invocations of the Name of Jesus
  • The Greek Magical Papyrus
  • Silver Phylactery from Beirut
  • Magic Bowls
  • Curse Tablets and Lamellae
  • The “Jesus Cup”
Conclusion
  • Relevance of These Witnesses

NT314 Book Study: The Gospel of Matthew in Its Jewish Context

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 10

This course from distinguished New Testament professor Dr. Craig Evans discusses the original context in which Matthew wrote his Gospel, as well as his purpose for writing. Matthew wrote for those still connected to the synagogue, answering questions based upon their Jewish context. Dr. Evans takes you from the ancient context of Matthew’s Gospel to applications for today.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker
Unit 1: Introductory Matters
  • Introducing Matthew
  • Authorship and Dating
  • Dating: Manuscript Evidence
  • Examining Fragments of Matthew
  • Matthew’s Emphases
  • Incipit (Matt 1:1–17)
  • Outline of Matthew
  • Using Logos Notes to Highlight the Structure of Matthew
  • Five Discourses: Contents
  • Comparing Gospel Accounts with the Parallel Gospel Reader
Unit 2: Messiah’s Coming (Matt 1–2)
  • Themes: Jesus-Moses Typology
  • Themes: Fulfillment through Genealogy
  • Fulfillment Formulas in the Infancy Narrative
  • Fulfillment Formula 1
  • Fulfillment Formula 2
  • Fulfillment Formula 3
  • Fulfillment Formulas 4 and 5
Unit 3: Messiah’s Preparation and Program of Ministry (Matt 3–7)
  • John Baptizes Jesus (Matt 3)
  • The Devil Tempts Jesus (Matt 4:1–11)
  • Examining the Speeches of Satan
  • Jesus Begins His Ministry (Matt 4:12–24)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Beatitudes (Matt 5:1–11)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Law (Matt 5:17–20)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Antithesis 1 (Matt 5:21–26)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Antithesis 2 (Matt 5:27–32)
  • Researching Divorce in Ancient Literature with Cultural Concepts
  • Sermon on the Mount: Antitheses 3 and 4 (Matt 5:33–42)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Antithesis 5 (Matt 5:43–48)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Almsgiving (Matt 6:1–4)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Prayer (Matt 6:5–15)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Fasting (Matt 6:16–18)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Treasures and the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 6:19–34)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Hypocritical Judgment (Matt 7:1–5)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Pearls before Pigs and Asking, Seeking, and Knocking (Matt 7:6–11)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Golden Rule and the Narrow Gate (Matt 7:12–14)
  • Searching the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
  • Sermon on the Mount: False Prophets and Their Fruit (Matt 7:15–23)
  • Finding References to Fruitbearing Trees in the Words of Jesus
  • Sermon on the Mount: Wise and Foolish Builders (Matt 7:24–27)
  • Sermon on the Mount and Fulfilling Righteousness (Matt 3:15)
  • Searching the Dead Sea Scrolls for “Righteousness”
Unit 4: Messiah’s Authority Established (Matt 8–10)
  • Cleansing the Leper (Matt 8:1–4)
  • Healing the Servant (Matt 8:5–13)
  • Letting the Dead Bury the Dead (Matt 8:18–22)
  • Stilling the Storm (Matt 8:23–27)
  • Healing the Demoniacs (Matt 8:28–34)
  • Son of Man Claiming Authority on Earth (Matt 9:1–8)
  • Physicians, Fasting, and Fresh Wineskins (Matt 9:9–17)
  • Calling and Sending the Disciples: Introduction (Matt 10)
  • Finding What Jesus Says about the Gentiles
  • Calling and Sending the Disciples: Freely Give and Jesus as “Cynic”? (Matt 10:5–15)
  • Calling and Sending the Disciples: Fear Not (Matt 10:16–23)
  • Calling and Sending the Disciples: Fear Not (Matt 10:24–42)
Unit 5: Messiah’s Kingdom and Its Coming (Matt 11–13)
  • John’s Question about Jesus (Matt 11:1–6)
  • Qumran and the Messiah (4Q521)
  • Rejecting John and Jesus (Matt 11:7–24)
  • My Yoke Is Easy (Matt 11:25–30)
  • Lord of the Sabbath and God’s Chosen Servant (Matt 12:1–21)
  • Son of David and the Sign of Jonah (Matt 12:22–42)
  • Tagging Beelzebul as a Reference to Satan
  • Kingdom Parables: Survey (Matt 13)
  • Kingdom Parables: Wheat and Weeds (Matt 13:24–30, 36–43)
  • Finding All the Parables in the Bible
  • Kingdom Parables: Have You Understood? (Matt 13:51–58)
Unit 6: Life in the New Community (Matt 14–18)
  • Walking on Water (Matt 14:22–33)
  • Tradition of Man versus Law of God (Matt 15:1–20)
  • Faith of the Canaanite Woman (Matt 15:21–28)
  • Peter’s Confession (Matt 16:13–20)
  • Jesus’ First Prediction of His Death (Matt 16:21–28)
  • Jesus’ Transfiguration (Matt 17:1–13)
  • Paying the Temple Tax (Matt 17:24–27)
  • Community Regulations (Matt 18)
Unit 7: Consummation of the Age (Matt 19–25)
  • Rich Young Man (Matt 19:16–26)
  • Judging the Twelve Tribes of Israel (Matt 19:27–30)
  • Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matt 20:1–16)
  • Jesus’ Second Prediction of His Death (Matt 20:17–28)
  • Son of David Healing the Blind Men (Matt 20:29–34)
  • Consummation of the Age: Overview (Matt 21–25)
  • Triumphal Entry (Matt 21:1–11)
  • My House (Matt 21:12–17)
  • Cursing the Fig Tree (Matt 21:18–27)
  • Parable of the Two Sons (Matt 21:28–32)
  • Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matt 21:33–46)
  • Finding Different Interpretations of Isaiah 5 in Ancient Literature
  • Criticism of Religious Leaders (Matt 23)
  • Eschatological Discourse: Mount of Olives Declaration (Matt 24:1–26:5)
  • Eschatological Discourse: Parables (Matt 24:45–25:13)
  • Eschatological Discourse: Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matt 25:31–46)
Unit 8: Messiah’s Humiliation and Exaltation (Matt 26–28)
  • Plotting and Anointing for Jesus’ Death (Matt 26:1–16)
  • Last Supper: Words of Institution (Matt 26:26–29)
  • Testimony of Jesus (Matt 26:47–68)
  • Jesus’ Trial before Pilate (Matt 27:11–26)
  • Jesus’ Crucifixion and Burial (Matt 27:27–66)
  • Resurrected Saints (Matt 27:52–53)
  • Guard at the Tomb (Matt 27:62–66)
  • Resurrection: Women at the Tomb (Matt 28:1–10)
  • Great Commission (Matt 28:18–20)
Conclusion
  • Closing Remarks

NT318 Book Study: The Gospel of Mark in Its Roman Context

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 8

Explore the social settings, traditions, and historical setting, as well as the question of the authorship of Mark. Tackle the first half of Mark, which is dedicated to Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, where he performed miracles; and the second half of Mark, which is focused on Jesus in Jerusalem and the passion. Discover the purpose of Mark’s Gospel, which is to present Jesus as God’s true Son who fulfills his mission on earth. Dr. Craig Evans sheds light on the book of Mark and brings the text to life.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Introduction to the Gospel of Mark
  • Who Wrote Mark and When? Part 1
  • Who Wrote Mark and When? Part 2
  • Living Voices
  • Mark and Qumran Cave 7
  • Manuscripts of Mark
  • Historical Context of Mark
  • Mark’s Incipit
Unit 2: Jesus’ Public Ministry Begins
  • Mark’s Thesis Statement (1:1–3)
  • John the Baptist
  • The Kingdom of God in Mark 1:15
  • Jesus in Capernaum
Unit 3: Jesus’ Power as Exorcist and Healer
  • Names and Pigs
  • Jesus Succeeds Where Others Fail
  • Exorcism Methods
  • Jesus versus Solomon
  • Wanted: Holy Spirit Power
  • Enduring Legacy of Jesus’ Power
Unit 4: Son of Man, Apostles of God
  • Healing and Forgiving the Paralytic
  • Son of Man
  • Apostles Sent by God
  • Sowing the Word
  • Structure of Mark
Unit 5: Messianic Revelations
  • Peter’s Confession of Christ
  • Jesus’ Passion Prophecy
  • Take Up Your Cross
  • Heavenly Confirmation
Unit 6: Kingdom Ethics and Relationships
  • Divorce
  • Children
  • The Rich Man
  • Wealth and the Kingdom of God
  • Service in the Kingdom
  • Suffering as Atonement in Jewish Tradition
  • Healing of Bartimaeus
Unit 7: Jesus in Jerusalem
  • Triumphal Entry: Part 1
  • Triumphal Entry: Part 2
  • The Fig Tree
  • House of Prayer or Robbers’ Den?
  • Jeremiah’s Warning
  • Jesus’ Calculated Risk
Unit 8: Escalating Antagonism
  • Narrative Structure
  • By What Authority?
  • Wicked Vineyard Tenants: Part 1
  • Wicked Vineyard Tenants: Part 2
  • Trying to Trap Jesus
  • David and the Identity of the Messiah
  • Greed on Display
  • Jesus’ End Times Prophecies
Unit 9: Road to the Cross
  • Devotion and Betrayal
  • The Last Supper
  • Words of Institution
  • Gethsemane
  • Jesus’ Arrest
  • Jesus’ Trial
  • Peter’s Denial
Unit 10: Death, Burial, and Resurrection
  • Jesus before Pilate
  • King of the Jews
  • The Death of Jesus
  • Jesus’ Burial
  • The Resurrection of Jesus
  • The Last Twelve Verses of Mark
  • Was Jesus Really Resurrected?
Conclusion
  • Bringing the Gospel to Life

NT319 Book Study: The Gospel of Luke in a Gentile Context

  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Video hours: 10

Dr. Craig Evans examines how Luke transformed the Jesus story into something that Gentiles in his time could appreciate. Luke wanted his readers to know that his account was based on early sources—credible eyewitness testimony that he himself had accessed for the composition of this Gospel. Remember, this was a Jewish story, one about Jesus the Jew, fulfiller of the Jewish Scriptures, and was part of the history of the people of Israel. So, what relevance did it have for Gentiles? Luke wanted the Gentiles to know that this Jewish Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, was their Savior too. And that is still true today—He’s our savior also. Luke’s other emphases—election, the unity of the church, proper use of wealth, and what constitutes true righteousness—remain valid for the church today as well.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Introduction to the Gospel of Luke
  • Early Textual Witnesses
  • Who Wrote the Gospel of Luke?
  • Structure and Themes
  • Luke’s Incipit
Unit 2: Infancy Narrative Themes
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Annunciation
  • Son of God
  • The Canticles of Israel
  • Samuel and the Temple Typology
Unit 3: Good News and Controversy
  • Preaching in Nazareth: Part 1
  • Preaching in Nazareth: Part 2
  • Preaching in Nazareth: Part 3
  • The Calling of Peter
  • Jesus Heals and Forgives the Paralytic
  • The Calling of Levi
  • Sabbath Controversies
Unit 4: Teaching and Compassion
  • Twelve Disciples and Many Prayers
  • Sermon on the Plain: Blessings and Woes
  • Sermon on the Plain: Love for Enemies
  • Healing the Centurion’s Servant
  • Jesus Raises the Widow’s Son
  • The Sinful Woman: Part 1
  • The Sinful Woman: Part 2
Unit 5: Parables and Power
  • Parable of the Sower and the Soils
  • Jesus’ Relationships and Power
  • Casting Out a Legion
  • Healing a Woman and Raising a Child
Unit 6: Jesus and the Twelve
  • The Ministry of Jesus Is Multiplied
  • Feeding the Five Thousand
  • Peter’s Confession of Christ
  • The Transfiguration
  • Disciples and Children
Unit 7: Discipleship
  • Jesus Sets His Face to Go to Jerusalem
  • Samaritans and Would-Be Followers
  • The Purpose of Luke’s Central Section
  • Fall of Satan
  • Inheriting Eternal Life
  • The Good Samaritan
  • Martha and Mary, Bread and Word
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Asking and Receiving
Unit 8: Judgments, Warnings, and Exhortations
  • Jesus and Beelzebul
  • The Sign of Jonah
  • Woes against the Scholars
  • Parable of the Rich Fool
  • Jesus the Shepherd
  • Eschatological Warnings
  • The Need for Repentance
  • Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
  • Healing on the Sabbath
Unit 9: God’s Kingdom and the Lost
  • Narrow versus Broad Door
  • Destiny Approaching: Jesus and Jerusalem
  • Who Will Attend the Heavenly Banquet?
  • Parable of the Banquet
  • Parables of the Lost
  • Parable of the Lost Son: Part 1
  • Parable of the Lost Son: Part 2
Unit 10: Wealth, Poverty, and Spiritual Reality
  • Parable of the Shrewd Manager
  • Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
  • Attitude of Service and Thanksgiving
  • Overcoming Indifference and Self-Righteousness
  • The Rich Ruler
  • Jesus and Zacchaeus
Unit 11: Ministry in Jerusalem
  • Parable of the Pounds
  • Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
  • Jesus Cleanses the Temple
  • Jesus’ Authority Questioned
  • Parable of the Wicked Tenants
  • Is the Christ the Son of David?
  • More Eschatological Warnings
Unit 12: Last Supper and Betrayal
  • The Lord’s Supper
  • Who Is the Greatest?
  • Jesus Predicts Simon’s Denial
  • Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
  • Jesus before the High Priest
  • Jesus Condemned to Death
Unit 13: Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
  • The Cross
  • The Death of Jesus
  • Jesus Is Buried
  • Easter Morning
  • Three on the Road to Emmaus
  • The Risen Jesus Teaches His Disciples
Conclusion
  • A Gospel for Today

Dr. Craig A. Evans received his PhD in New Testament from Claremont Graduate University and his DHabil from the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. He is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University in Texas.

Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for 21 years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He has recently served on the advisory board for the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs.

Evans has written and edited extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His published works include From Prophecy to Testament, Jesus and the Ossuaries, Jesus: The Final Days, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.

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