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Mobile Ed: NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose
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Mobile Ed: NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose

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Overview

Study the key events of the Gospels and the book of Acts with prolific New Testament scholar Dr. Darrell L. Bock. Dr. Bock walks you through the pivotal events of history that shaped the social, religious, and political environment of Jesus and the early church. Find out why the religious leaders wanted Jesus crucified and how the resurrection demonstrated God’s approval of Jesus as Messiah. Discover how the early church remembered, shared, and recorded the events of Jesus’ life, and how those events became the catalyst for ministry in the book of Acts. Learn about the literary features of the gospel genre and why some “gospels” were not included in the New Testament.

Dr. Bock—an internationally recognized authority on theology and culture—developed this course for the Mobile Education platform so that you can read the Gospels and Acts with fresh eyes.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand the effect of Hellenism on Second Temple Judaism
  • Discuss the significance of the temple in Second Temple Judaism
  • Summarize the ways in which Jesus created conflict with the religious leaders
  • Compare and contrast the canonical Gospels with the “missing gospels”
  • Explain the issues of authorship and date associated with each Gospel
  • Describe the concept of resurrection in Judaism and the Graeco-Roman world
  • Discuss the significance of the resurrection in each Gospel account and to the gospel message
  • Summarize the key events in the life of the early church

Course Outline

Unit 1: Background to the New Testament

  • Understanding Backgrounds
  • The Nature of Judaism
  • Alexander the Great
  • Searching Encyclopedias for Alexander the Great
  • Hellenization and First Maccabees
  • Searching and Researching the Apocrypha
  • Jewish Responses to Hellenism
  • Quiz – Unit 1a
  • The Temple Story
  • The Start of the Maccabean War
  • The Impact of Hellenism and the War on Jewish Identity
  • The Romans in the Holy Land
  • Psalms of Solomon
  • Using Notes to Study the Pseudepigrapha
  • Quiz – Unit 1b
  • The Ministry of Jesus
  • Forgiving Sins: The Healing of the Paralytic
  • Messing with the Sabbath
  • Using the Topic Guide to Study the Sabbath
  • Challenging Tradition and Ritual Purity
  • Claiming to Be King
  • Using Bible Harmonies to Compare Gospel Accounts
  • Cleansing the Temple
  • The New Testament Collection
  • Quiz - Unit 1c

Unit 2: The Nature and Purpose of the Gospels

  • Orality and Memory
  • The Value of a Voice
  • Searching and Highlighting the Early Church Fathers
  • The Quality and Types of Orality
  • Corporate and Individual Memory
  • Examples of Memory
  • Quiz – Unit 2a
  • The Gospel Genre
  • The Dates of the Gospels
  • The Authorship of Mark
  • The Authorship of Luke
  • The Authorship of Matthew
  • The Authorship of John
  • The Four Gospels
  • Four Perspectives
  • Quiz – Unit 2b
  • The Missing Gospels
  • Creating a Clippings Document of Gnostic Writings
  • Gnosticism
  • The Gospel of Thomas
  • Background of the Gnostic Creation Story
  • The Gnostic Creation Story
  • Summary of the Missing Gospels
  • Summary of the Nature and Purpose of the Gospels
  • Quiz – Unit 2c
  • Midterm Exam

Unit 3: Resurrection in the Gospel Accounts

  • An Introduction to Resurrection
  • Resurrection in Judaism and the Graeco-Roman World
  • Jesus’ Predictions about His Resurrection
  • Resurrection and the Old Testament
  • Using Interlinears to Explore a Verse in the Original Language
  • Jesus at His Jewish Examination
  • Quiz – Unit 3a
  • Resurrection in Mark’s Gospel
  • Resurrection in Matthew’s Gospel
  • Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel
  • Resurrection in John’s Gospel
  • The Credibility of the Resurrection
  • The Significance of the Resurrection
  • Quiz – Unit 3b

Unit 4: The Early Church in Acts

  • The Ascension of Jesus
  • Pentecost: The Spirit and the Resurrection
  • Using Different Greek Lexicons
  • Pentecost: The Exaltation
  • To the Gentiles
  • Jew and Gentile Together: The Jerusalem Council
  • Jew and Gentile Together: Ephesians 2
  • Persecution and Martyrdom: Acts 4
  • Persecution and Martyrdom: Stephen
  • Persecution and Martyrdom: Paul
  • The Gospel Message
  • The Core Message of the Gospel
  • Using Clause Search to Find References to the Holy Spirit
  • The House Church
  • Quiz – Unit 4
  • Final Exam

Product Details

  • Title: NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose
  • Instructor: Darrell L. Bock
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 6

About Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Darrell L. Bock, research professor of New Testament studies and professor of spiritual development and culture at Dallas Theological Seminary, serves as editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and is on the board of Chosen People Ministries and Wheaton College. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Bock served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

He has earned international recognition as a Humboldt Scholar for his work in Luke-Acts, historical Jesus study, biblical theology, as well as with messianic Jewish ministries. He has published articles in the Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News and is a well-known author of over 30 books. His publications include Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods, Jesus according to Scripture, an NIV Application Commentary on Luke, Breaking the Da Vinci Code, and commentaries on Acts and Luke in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series.

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This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.