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Gain a comprehensive understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry with nine courses on the Gospels. Renowned New Testament scholars Jonathan Pennington, Dan Doriani, Craig Evans, and more interpret the Gospels by genre, and analyze each book’s themes and theology. Survey the world of the Gospels and then dig deeper with specific courses on the parables and miracles of Christ.

Individual Courses

NT251 The Sermon on the Mount

  • Instructor: Jonathan T. Pennington
  • Video hours: 5

Dr. Jonathan Pennington zeroes in on one of the most important texts studied throughout church history: the Sermon on the Mount. He gives a detailed exposition of the biblical text, covers historical interpretations, and provides direction for reading the sermon according to its structure.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Matthew and the History of Interpretation
  • Matthew: Highly Structured, Literary, and Intentional Work
  • Discovering the Genre of Matthew 5–7
  • Matthew: Narrative-Discourse Outline
  • Matthew: The Sermon and Other Major Discourses
  • History of Interpretation: Importance of the Sermon on the Mount
  • History of Interpretation: Evading the Sermon’s Ethical Implications
  • Interpretation: Monastic
  • Interpretation: Anabaptist
  • Finding Information on Anabaptists in Dictionaries
  • Interpretation: Two Kingdoms
  • Interpretation: Dispensational
  • Interpretation: Lutheran
  • Interpretation: Modern Liberal
  • Interpretation: Fulfillment-Complexity
  • Taxonomy of Interpretations: Conclusions
Unit 2: Sermon on the Mount: A Virtue-Ethics Reading
  • Why Is This Important?
  • Virtue Ethics in the Context of Ethical Theories
  • Unpacking Virtue Ethics
  • Virtue Ethics and the Sermon on the Mount: Comparisons
  • Virtue Ethics and the Sermon on the Mount: Contrasts
  • Virtue Ethics: Modeling Christian Discipleship
Unit 3: Sermon on the Mount: Exposition
  • Understanding the Structure of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Using the Pericope Tool to Examine the Literary Structure of Matthew
  • Guidelines for Reading the Sermon on the Mount
  • Adding Notes to Your Bibles
  • Literary Context of the Sermon
  • Introducing the Beatitudes (Matt 5:1–12)
  • Using Interlinear Bibles and the Bible Sense Lexicon
  • Beatitudes (Matt 5:1–6)
  • Comparing English Translations with the Text Comparison Tool
  • Beatitudes (Matt 5:7–12)
  • Salt and Light (Matt 5:13–16)
  • Fulfilling Old Testament Righteousness (Matt 5:17–20)
  • Using Parallel Resources
  • Unpacking Matthew 5:20, Part 1 (Matt 5:21–48)
  • Using the Bible Word Study Tool to Study the Greek Word for “Love”
  • Being Righteous by Being Teleios(Matt 5:48)
  • Unpacking Matthew 5:20, Part 2 (Matt 6:1–21)
  • The Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:7–15)
  • Double-Mindedness and Anxiety (Matt 6:19–34)
  • Judging Others (Matt 7:1–12)
  • Inside-Outside Issues (Matt 7:13–23)
  • Conclusion: Build on Solid Rock (Matt 7:24–27)
Summary and Conclusion
  • A “Cardiographic” Reading

Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington is the associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also served as a visiting professor at Southeastern Seminary, as well as the Institute of Biblical Studies in Orlando, Florida and Melbourne, Australia.

NT252 The Parables of Jesus

  • Instructor: Daniel M. Doriani
  • Video hours: 6

The parables of Jesus are colorful, startling, and often confusing. In this course, Dr. Dan Doriani explains this unique narrative type and walks you through proper interpretation of the parables, examining their images, themes, and applications for modern readers.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker
Unit 1: The Purpose of Parables
  • The Nature of Parables
  • Searching for Parables in the New Testament with Search Fields
  • A Modern-Day Parable
  • How Parables Work
  • The Development of Jesus’ Teaching
  • Using a Custom Guide to View Translations of Parabolē
Unit 2: Parables Describing the Kingdom of God
  • The Parable of the Sower: A Paradigm
  • The Parable of the Sower: Its Meaning
  • Opposition and Growth in the Kingdom of God
  • Using the Bible Sense Lexicon to Find Different Referents of a Word
  • The Value of the Kingdom of God
  • Understanding Jesus’ Parables in Matthew 13
Unit 3: Parables about Life in the Kingdom of God
  • Greatness in the Kingdom
  • Studying the Kingdom with the Bible Word Study Guide
  • Living in the Kingdom: Confrontation and Forgiveness
  • Living in the Kingdom: Mercy
  • Living in the Kingdom: Grace
  • The Unfairness of Grace
  • Jesus’ Gracious Call to the Kingdom
Unit 4: Parables of Confrontation
  • Symbolic Acts and Words
  • Taking Away the Kingdom of God
Unit 5: Parables of Instruction about the Future
  • The Destruction of the Temple
  • The Return of Jesus
  • Creating and Searching Custom Theological Collections
Unit 6: Parables of Discipleship
  • Loving Your Neighbor
  • Comparing Parable Accounts with Gospel Harmonies
  • Becoming a “Neighbor”
  • Jesus’ Role in the Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • A Parable about Prayer
  • Being Confident in Prayer
  • Using Sympathetic Highlighting to Identify and Search Greek Forms
  • Prayer and the Unjust Judge
  • A Parable about Money
  • Storing Up Riches on Earth
  • Being Rich toward God
  • A Parable about Two Monks
  • Lessons from the Parable about Two Monks
  • The Parable of the Unjust Steward
  • A Proper Perspective on Money
  • Using the Power Lookup Tool to Find Lexical Entries on “Mammon”
  • Parables about Friendship and Association
  • Invitation to the Kingdom of God
  • Membership in the Kingdom of God
  • The Cost of Discipleship
  • Rejoicing When the Lost Are Found
  • The Parable of the Lost Sons
  • Using the Cited By Tool to Look Up Background Information
  • The Welcoming Father and the Older Son
  • Finding Ourselves in the Parable of the Lost Sons
  • The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Unit 7: Parables of Repentance
  • The Power of Parables
  • The Theme of Repentance in Luke’s Gospel
  • Finding Different Greek Words Used for “Repent”
  • Repent While There Is Time
  • A Change of Heart
Conclusion
  • Living Jesus’ Stories

Dr. Daniel M. Doriani (STM, PhD) is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible and commentaries on Matthew and 1 Peter in the Reformed Expository Commentaries series.

NT253 Miracles of Jesus

  • Instructor: Daniel M. Doriani
  • Video hours: 8

In this course, Dr. Dan Doriani not only details the miracles performed by Jesus, but also focuses on their place in his ministry. Dr. Doriani draws connections between the miracles themselves and the person and work of Christ, explaining clearly who Christ is and what he came to share.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
  • The Place of Miracles in Jesus’ Ministry
  • Creating a Custom Guide for Researching Biblical Concepts
Unit 1: Miracles in Matthew
  • The Structure of Miracles in Matthew
  • Finding References to Jesus’ Miracles
  • Healing the Leper
  • Healing the Centurion’s Servant
  • Locating References to Specific Kinds of Miracles
  • Total Healing
Unit 2: Background for Studying the Miracles
  • Objections to Miracles
  • Comparing Parallel Miracle Accounts with Gospel Harmonies
  • Reconsidering Contradictions
  • Defining “Miracle”
  • Discovering the Greek and Hebrew Terms for “Miracle“
  • Miracles as Signs
  • Finding the “I Am” Statements that Surround Jesus’ Miracles
  • Miracles in Other Religions
  • Miracles Today
Unit 3: Understanding Miracles
  • Challenges to Understanding Miracles
  • Application of Principles (Luke 5:17–26)
  • Responses to the Miracle (Luke 5:17–26)
  • Criticism of Jesus’ Miracles
  • Differing Accounts of Feeding the 5,000
  • Walking on the Water
  • Walking on the Water: A Christocentric Interpretation
  • An Old Testament Miracle: A Theocentric Interpretation
  • Miracles in Historical Context
  • Miracles in Canonical Context: The Synoptics
  • Miracles in Canonical Context: John’s Gospel
Unit 4: Miracles in Mark
  • Healing the Deaf Man
  • Healing a Blind Man in Stages
  • Healing the Demon-Possessed Child
  • Healing the Hemorrhaging Woman
  • Locating Questions in the Miracle Narratives
  • Raising Jairus’ Daughter
Unit 5: Miracles in Luke
  • Miracles and Luke’s Themes
  • Luke’s Use of Miracles
  • Investigating Jesus’ Title of “Master”
  • The Great Catch of Fish
  • Healing the Gerasene Demoniac
  • Responses to Jesus
Unit 6: Miracles in John
  • The First Sign: The Wedding at Cana
  • Understanding the Background of John 2:1–10
  • The Sign: Healing the Invalid
  • The Sign: Healing the Man Born Blind
  • Exploring the Textual Variant in John 5:3–5
  • The Man Born Blind, Part 2
  • Understanding and Applying John 5 and 9
  • The Way of Suffering
  • The Last Sign: Raising Lazarus from the Dead
  • Raising Lazarus, Part 2
Unit 7: The Historicity of the Miracle Accounts
  • Reasons to Believe (1–2)
  • Reasons to Believe (3–7)
Unit 8: The Miracle of the Resurrection
  • The Necessity of the Crucifixion
  • The Necessity of the Resurrection
  • The Meaning of the Resurrection
  • The Resurrection in Matthew
  • The Resurrection in Matthew: The Great Commission
  • The Resurrection in Mark
  • The Resurrection in Luke: On the Emmaus Road
  • The Resurrection in Luke: Jesus in the Law and Prophets
  • The Resurrection in John: Eyewitness Accounts
  • The Resurrection in John: Seeing and Believing
  • The Resurrection in John: Blessed Believers
Unit 9: Do Miracles Happen Today?
  • Miracles Past and Present
  • Prayer and Healing in James 5
  • Reclaiming a Biblical Practice
Conclusion
  • Encouraging to Believe

Dr. Daniel M. Doriani (STM, PhD) is vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible and commentaries on Matthew and 1 Peter in the Reformed Expository Commentaries series.

NT301 The Gospels as Ancient Biography: A Theological and Historical Perspective

  • Instructor: Jonathan T. Pennington
  • Video hours: 4

Dr. Jonathan Pennington, a specialist in the Gospels, discusses how to interpret these ancient biographies based on their genre rather than focusing only on their content. This course shows how a literary reading of the Gospels reveals the beauty of Jesus’ life.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: What Are the Gospels?
  • The Meaning of “Gospel”
  • Using the Bible Word Study to Discover Usages of the Word “Gospel”
  • “Gospel” in the Gospels
  • Gospels as Bios: Genre Options
  • Customizing the Passage Guide to Look at Genre Coding
  • Gospels as Bios: Adapting a Graeco-Roman Genre
  • Gospels as Bios: Particular Aspects in the Gospels
  • Gospels as Bios: Implications
  • Gospels: A Fuller Definition
Unit 2: Why Do We Need the Gospels?
  • The Gospels: Benign Neglect
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 1
  • Using the Context Menu to Research “Abba”
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 2
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 3
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 4
  • Finding Allusions to Exodus in the Gospel of Matthew
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 5
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 6
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 7
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 8
  • Discovering Narrative Preaching Illustrations with the Sermon Starter Guide
  • Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 9
Unit 3: How Do We Deal with Having Four Gospels?
  • Introduction: To Harmonize or Not
  • Four Gospel Accounts: The Angst
  • Using Different Synopses to Analyze the Gospels
  • Four Gospel Accounts: Harmonizing Solutions
  • Four Gospel Accounts: The Joy
Unit 4: How Do We Read the Gospels?
  • Cultural Hermeneutics: The Prodigal Son Goes to Russia
  • Studying Background Information with the Faithlife Study Bible and Factbook
  • Cultural Hermeneutics: The Crescent through the Eyes of the Cross
  • Narrative Analysis: Introduction
  • Narrative Analysis: A Model for the Gospels
  • Narrative Analysis: Method
  • Narrative Analysis: Payoff and Limitations
  • Narrative Analysis: Circles of Context
  • Narrative Analysis: Application (Luke 7:1–10)
  • Doing Narrative Analysis with the Explorer and Sentence Diagramming Tools
Unit 5: What Is Our Goal in Reading the Gospels?
  • Introduction: Why We Ask the Question
  • Centrality of the Gospels: Historical Arguments
  • Searching for Early Church Uses of “Gospel" with the Bible Word Study Guide
  • Centrality of the Gospels: Canonical and Theological Arguments
  • Centrality of the Gospels: Implications
  • Using the Topic Guide to Find a Gospel’s Themes in the Rest of Scripture

Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington is the associate professor of New Testament interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also served as a visiting professor at Southeastern Seminary, as well as the Institute of Biblical Studies in Orlando, Florida and Melbourne, Australia.

NT311 The World of Jesus and the Gospels

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

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 the backdrop for Christ’s appearance and the development of Christianity. Dr. Craig Evans’ course on intertestamental history describes the events that built the New Testament world, providing 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

Craig A. Evans is 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.

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

Craig A. Evans is 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.

NT315 Book Study: The Gospel of Mark

  • Instructor: Mark L. Strauss
  • Video hours: 8

Enjoy an in-depth study of Mark’s Gospel from New Testament expert Dr. Mark Strauss. In this course, Dr. Strauss focuses on the words of Mark and the themes, theology, and purpose of the book. He describes the context of the Gospel as a whole and then examines the text passage by passage.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Background and Introduction to Mark
  • Introducing Mark’s Gospel
  • The Author of Mark
  • Audience and Place of Writing
  • Date and Occasion of Writing
  • Structure
  • Purpose and Main Themes
  • Literary Features
  • Highlighting Mark’s Use of “Immediately”
  • Method and Approach
  • Finding All the Geographic Places Mentioned in Mark
Unit 2: Part 1: The Authority of the Messiah—Prologue
  • “The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah”
  • Fulfillment of Prophecy
  • John the Baptist
  • Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
Unit 3: The Kingdom Authority of the Messiah
  • Proclaiming the Kingdom
  • Researching the Kingdom of God with the Topic Guide
  • Kingdom Authority in Teaching, Healing, and Exorcism
  • Healing the Leper
  • Researching the “Messianic Secret”
  • Forgiving Sin and the Beginning of Conflict
  • Conflicts with Leaders and Jesus’ Authority
  • Lord of the Sabbath
Unit 4: The Division of Israel
  • Choosing the Twelve—Reconstituting Israel
  • Jesus’ True Family and the Beelzebul Controversy
  • Parables of the Kingdom
  • Authority over Natural and Supernatural Forces
  • Authority over Disease and Death
  • Examining Mark’s Use of Aramaic Phrases
  • Rejection by His Hometown
  • Locating and Labeling the Miracles of Jesus
Unit 5: The Expanding Mission of the Messiah
  • Sending Out the Twelve and Death of John the Baptist
  • Feeding the 5,000 and Walking on Water
  • The Question of Defilement
  • Moving Outside Israel’s Borders
Unit 6: Part 2: The Suffering Servant—The Revelation of the Messiah’s Suffering
  • Beginning an Introduction to Part 2 of Mark’s Gospel
  • The Conclusion of an Introduction to Part 2 of Mark’s Gospel
  • Examining the Different Verbs for “Seeing” in Mark 8:23–25
  • Peter’s Confession and the First Passion Prediction
  • The Transfiguration
  • Exploring the Significance of the Phrase “Listen to Him”
  • Second Passion Prediction
  • Teaching on Divorce
  • Riches and the Kingdom of God
  • Third Passion Prediction and Request of James and John
  • Blind Bartimaeus and the End of the Journey
Unit 7: The Messiah Confronts Jerusalem
  • The Triumphal Entry
  • Finding the Fulfillment of Prophecies in Mark’s Gospel
  • Prophetic Action in the Temple and Cursing the Fig Tree
  • Question about John and the Parable of the Wicked Tenant Farmers
  • Taxes to Caesar and Marriage in the Resurrection
  • The Greatest Commandment and a Riddle
  • Warning against Scribes and Commending a Widow’s Offering
  • The Olivet Discourse
Unit 8: The Passion of the Messiah
  • The Plot against Jesus
  • The Last Supper
  • Gethsemane
  • Understanding Literary Techniques in Mark’s Gospel
  • Arrest and Trial of Jesus; Peter’s Denial
  • Trial before Pilate
  • The Crucifixion
  • Researching the Crucifixion
  • Death and Burial of Jesus
Unit 9: The Epilogue
  • Resurrection Announced
  • Studying Textual Variants in Mark 1:41 and 16:9–20
  • The Endings of Mark
Conclusion
  • Summary Overview and Conclusion to Mark

Dr. Mark L. Strauss is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written several books, including The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, Distorting Scripture?, and Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series.

NT316 Book Study: The Gospel of Luke

  • Instructor: Andrew W. Pitts
  • Video hours: 13

In this course, Dr. Andrew W. Pitts works through the Gospel of Luke in short segments. He answers questions such as: What did Luke intend the reader to know? How should we read this Gospel? Who was Luke? And what message can modern readers take from this important book?

Contents:

    Introduction
    • Introducing the Speaker
    • Introduction to the Gospel of Luke
    • Luke-Acts: Unity
    • Luke-Acts: Authorship
    • Luke-Acts: Genre
    Unit 1: Theology of Luke
    • Theology of the Divine “Must”
    • Theology of Universal Welcome
    • Theology of Prayer
    Unit 2: Prologue and Infancy (Luke 1:1-2:52)
    • Prologue (Luke 1:1-4), Part 1
    • Prologue (Luke 1:1-4), Part 2
    • Annunciation to Zechariah (1:5-25), Part 1
    • Annunciation to Zechariah (1:5-25), Part 2
    • Annunciation to Zechariah (1:5-25), Part 3
    • Annunciation to Mary (1:26-38)
    • Mary Visits Elizabeth and the Mary's Thanksgiving Psalm (Luke 1:39-56), Part 1
    • Mary Visits Elizabeth and the Mary's Thanksgiving Psalm (Luke 1:39-56), Part 2
    • Birth of John and Zechariah’s Thanksgiving Psalm (1:57-80), Part 1
    • Birth of John and Zechariah’s Thanksgiving Psalm (1:57-80), Part 2
    • Birth of the Messiah (2:1-7)
    • Response to the Birth of the Messiah (2:8-21)
    • Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22-40)
    • Jesus’ Pronouncement in the Temple (2:41-52), Part 1
    • Jesus’ Pronouncement in the Temple (2:41-52), Part 2
    Unit 3: Preparing for Ministry (Luke 3:1-4:13)
    • John's Preparatory Ministry (Luke 3:1-20), Part 1
    • John's Preparatory Ministry (Luke 3:1-20), Part 2
    • Jesus as the Son of God: Jesus' Baptism (Luke 3:21-23a), Part 1
    • Jesus as the Son of God: Jesus' Baptism (Luke 3:21-23a), Part 2
    • Jesus as the Son of God: Jesus' Genealogy (Luke 3:23b-28), Part 1
    • Jesus as the Son of God: Jesus' Genealogy (Luke 3:23b-28), Part 2
    • Jesus' Wilderness Testing (Luke 4:1-13), Part 1
    • Jesus' Wilderness Testing (Luke 4:1-13), Part 2
    Unit 4: Jesus' Ministry in Galilee (Luke 4:14-9:50)
    • Jesus' Nazareth Manifesto (Luke 4:14-30), Part 1
    • Jesus' Nazareth Manifesto (Luke 4:14-30), Part 2
    • Jesus' Nazareth Manifesto (Luke 4:14-30), Part 3
    • Illustrations of Jesus' Teaching, Healing, and Exorcism (Luke 4:31-44), Part 1
    • Illustrations of Jesus' Teaching, Healing, and Exorcism (Luke 4:31-44), Part 2
    • Peter's Confession and Calling (Luke 5:1-11)
    • Healing a Leper (Luke 5:12-16)
    • Healing a Paralytic and Objections from Religious Leaders (Luke 5:17-26)
    • Call of Levi (Luke 5:27-32)
    • Question about Fasting (Luke 5:33-39)
    • Plucking Grain and Healing on the Sabbath (Luke 6:1-11)
    • Appointing the Twelve Disciples (Luke 6:12-19)
    • The Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:20-26), Part 1
    • The Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:20-26), Part 2
    • The Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:20-26), Part 3
    • Healing the Centurion's Servant (Luke 7:1-10)
    • Raising the Widow of Nain's Son (Luke 7:11-17)
    • John the Baptist: His Messengers (Luke 7:18-23)
    • John the Baptist: His Role and Identity (Luke 7:24-35)
    • Parable of the Two Debtors (Luke 7:36-50)
    • Women Accompanying Jesus (Luke 8:1-3)
    • Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:4-8)
    • Purpose of the Parables (Luke 8:9-21)
    • Jesus' Power: Over the Sea (Luke 8:22-25)
    • Jesus' Power: Over Demons (Luke 8:26-39)
    • Jesus' Power: Over Sickness and Death (Luke 8:40-56)
    • Mission of the Twelve (Luke 9:1-17)
    • Jesus Perplexes Herod (Luke 9:79)
    • Feeding the Five Thousand (Luke 9:10-17)
    • Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ of God (Luke 9:18-27)
    • Jesus' Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36)
    • Healing the Boy with the Unclean Spirit (Luke 9:37-43a)
    • True Greatness (Luke 9:43b-50)
    Unit 5: Jesus' Journey to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51-19:28)
    • Rejection in Samaria (Luke 9:51-62)
    • Mission of the Seventy-Two (Luke 10:1-16)
    • Return of the Seventy-Two (Luke 10:17-24)
    • Parable of the Merciful Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Part 1
    • Parable of the Merciful Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), Part 2
    • Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42)
    • Model Prayer (Luke 11:1-4), Part 1
    • Model Prayer (Luke 11:1-4), Part 2
    • Parable of the Reluctant Neighbor (Luke 11:5-10)
    • Parable of the Father Who Gives What the Child Needs (Luke 11:11-13)
    • Jesus and Beelzebul (Luke 11:14-28)
    • Light and Darkness (Luke 11:29-36)
    • Woes against Pharisees and Lawyers (Luke 11:37-54)
    • Call to Fearless Confession (Luke 12:1-12)
    • Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21)
    • Treasure in Heaven (Luke 12:22-34)
    • Warnings to Make Ready for the Unexpected Crisis (Luke 12:35-59)
    • Warnings to Repent and Parable of the Unproductive Fig Tree (Luke 13:1-9)
    • Healing in a Synagogue on a Sabbath and Parables about God's Reign (Luke 13:10-21)
    • Narrow Door and Lament over Jerusalem (Luke 13:22-35)
    • Healing a Man with Dropsy at a Pharisee's House on the Sabbath (Luke 14:1-6)
    • Parable of Honored Seating at the Wedding Feast (Luke 14:7-11)
    • Parable of Invitations to the Great Banquet (Luke 14:12-24)
    • The Cost of True Discipleship (Luke 14:25-35)
    • Parables of Lost Things (Luke 15:1-32): Introduction
    • Parables of Lost Sheep and Coins (Luke 15:1-10), Part 1
    • Parables of Lost Sheep and Coins (Luke 15:1-10), Part 2
    • Parable of Compassionate Father and His Sons (Luke 15:11-31), Part 1
    • Parable of Compassionate Father and His Sons (Luke 15:11-31), Part 2
    • Parable of the Unjust Agent (Luke 16:1-13): Telling the Story
    • Parable of the Unjust Agent (Luke 16:1-13): Interpreting the Story
    • Jesus and the Kingdom of God versus Money Lovers (Luke 6:14-18)
    • Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), Part 1
    • Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), Part 2
    • Directions for the Disciples' Life Together (Luke 17:1-10)
    • A Thankful Samaritan Leper among Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
    • The Day of the Son of Man's Revealing (Luke 17:20-37)
    • Parable of the Widow and the Wicked Judge (Luke 18:1-8)
    • Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14)
    • Entering the Reign of God (Luke 18:15-34)
    • Healing the Blind Beggar (Luke 18:35-43)
    • Meeting Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)
    • Parable of the Vengeful Throne Claimant (Luke 19:11-27)
    Unit 6: Jesus in Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-21:38)
    • Jesus' Royal Entry into Jerusalem (Luke 29:28-46)
    • Jesus' Teaching in the Temple and the Challenge to His Authority (Luke 19:47-20:8)
    • Parable of the Vineyard Tenants (Luke 20:9-19)
    • Question about Tribute to Caesar (Luke 20:20-26)
    • Question about the Resurrection (Luke 20:27-40)
    • The Son of David, the Scribes, and a Widow's Offering (Luke 20:41-21:4)
    • Temple Destruction and the Coming of the Son of Man (Luke 21:5-38), Part 1
    • Temple Destruction and the Coming of the Son of Man (Luke 21:5-38), Part 2
    Unit 7: Jesus' Suffering and Death (Luke 22:1-23:56)
    • Judas Sells Out to Satan and the High Priests (Luke 22:1-6)
    • Jesus' Last Supper (Luke 22:7-20)
    • Jesus' Parting Words to His Disciples (Luke 22:21-38)
    • Jesus' Prayer, Betrayal, and Arrest (Luke 22:39-53)
    • Peter's Threefold Denial (Luke 22:54-65)
    • Jesus' Trial: Before the Jewish Council (Luke 22:66-70)
    • Jesus' Trial: Before Pilate (Luke 23:1-5)
    • Jesus' Trial: Before Herod and Back to Pilate (Luke 23:6-25)
    • Jesus' Crucifixion (Luke 23:26-43), Part 1
    • Jesus' Crucifixion (Luke 23:26-43), Part 2
    • Jesus' Death (Luke 23:44-49)
    • Jesus' Burial (Luke 23:50-56)
    Unit 8: Jesus' Resurrection and Ascension (Luke 24:1-53)
    • Jesus' Resurrection (Luke 24:1-12)
    • Jesus' Emmaus Road Appearance (Luke 24:13-35), Part 1
    • Jesus' Emmaus Road Appearance (Luke 24:13-35), Part 2
    • Jesus' Appearance to His Disciples (Luke 24:36-49)
    • Jesus' Ascension (Luke 24:50-53)
    • Conclusion

Dr. Andrew W. Pitts is the chair of the biblical studies department and assistant professor of biblical studies and Christian ministries at Arizona Christian University. He is editor of the Brill Exegetical Commentary and is coauthor of Fundamentals of New Testament Textual Criticism. He is also coeditor of three recently released books on early Christianity and has published articles in multiple peer-reviewed journals.

NT323 Book Study: The Gospel of John

  • Instructor: Joel Willitts
  • Video hours: 11

Dr. Joel Willitts brings his experience in both ministry and academia to this detailed, application-based study of the Gospel of John. Dr. Willitts encourages students to read the Gospel as an ancient text written to an ancient community of believers, inspiring a unique encounter with Jesus.

Contents:

Introduction
  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Background
  • Introduction
  • Using the Clause Participants Section in the Bible Word Study Tool
  • What Is John?
  • Why Did John Write?
  • Using Greek Searching to Discover the Form of Faith in John’s Gospel
  • How John Wrote: Elements of His Plot, Part 1
  • How John Wrote: Elements of His Plot, Part 2
  • How John Wrote: Elements of His Plot, Part 3
  • How John Wrote: Elements of His Plot, Part 4
  • Seven Exegetical Questions
  • Major Narrative Divisions
Unit 2: Initial Presentation (John 1:1–4:54)
  • Prologue: Introduction
  • Prologue: Historical-Cultural Background
  • Prologue: Setting, Characters, and Key Terms
  • Prologue: Theological Ideas
  • Creating a Syntax Query to Discover the Greatness of Grace
  • Gospel of John’s Christology
  • John the Baptist’s Testimony about Jesus
  • Jesus Calls His First Disciples
  • John and Jesus’ Disciples: Historical-Cultural Background
  • John and Jesus’ Disciples: Characters and Function
  • John and Jesus’ Disciples: Key Terms and Theological Ideas
  • Filtering a Bible to Display Only Verses on a Specific Topic
  • Wedding at Cana: Setting in the Larger Narrative
  • Exploring John’s Chronology with Inline Searching
  • Wedding at Cana: The Story and Its Meaning
  • Jesus Cleanses the Temple
  • Historical-Cultural Background of John 2
  • Function and Theology of John 2
  • Nicodemus Visits Jesus: Setting
  • Nicodemus Visits Jesus: Insufficient Faith
  • John’s Final Testimony to Christ
  • Nicodemus: Historical-Cultural Background, Part 1
  • Nicodemus: Historical-Cultural Background, Part 2
  • Nicodemus: Function in the Larger Framework of John
  • Nicodemus: Key Terms and Theological Ideas
  • Gospel of John’s Theology of Discipleship and the Church
  • Jesus and the Woman of Samaria
  • Jesus Heals an Official’s Son in Galilee
  • Historical-Cultural Background of John 4
  • Theological Ideas of John 4
  • Gospel of John’s Theology of Salvation
Unit 3: Intensifying Polarization (John 5:1–10:42)
  • Introduction: Jewish Festival Cycle
  • Using Different Tools to Study Feasts in the Gospel of John
  • Jesus and the Sabbath: Introduction
  • Jesus and the Sabbath: Historical-Cultural Background
  • Jesus and the Sabbath: Theology
  • Event: Jesus Testing His Disciples
  • Teaching: Jesus Teaching about True Discipleship
  • Response: The Disciples Responding to Jesus
  • Function of John 6
  • Key Terms of John 6
  • Using the Clause Search to Find Instances of God Gathering Israel
  • Theological Ideas of John 6
  • Gospel of John’s Sacramentalism
  • Jesus and the Festival of Tabernacles: Introduction
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Conflict over Jesus’ Identity
  • A Pause: Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 1
  • A Pause: Woman Caught in Adultery, Part 2
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Rejection of Jesus’ Self-Revelation
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Jesus as the Good Shepherd
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Summary
  • Searching for the “I Am” Statements in John
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Key Terms
  • Festival of Tabernacles: Theological Ideas
  • Festival of Dedication: Historical-Cultural Background
  • Festival of Dedication
  • Festival of Dedication: Function and Theological Ideas
Unit 4: Final Presentation and Private Preparation (John 11:1–17:26)
  • Death and Resurrection of Lazarus: Context and Characters
  • Death and Resurrection of Lazarus: Function
  • Jesus’ Impending Death: Place in the Larger Framework of John
  • Jesus’ Impending Death: Function and Key Terms
  • Jesus’ Impending Death: Theological Ideas
  • Gospel of John’s Theology of Atonement
  • Using the Bible Sense Lexicon to Find Animals Used for Sin Offerings
  • Private Preparation: Context
  • Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet
  • Gift of Bread for a Betrayer
  • Jesus’ Words about His Departure: Part 1
  • Jesus’ Words about Abiding and Loving
  • Jesus’ Words about His Departure: Part 2
  • Jesus’ Words about His Departure: Function
  • Gospel of John’s Theology of the Holy Spirit
  • Finding the Trinity Using an Inline Search and Visual Filters
  • Jesus’ Prayer before His Arrest
  • Jesus’ Prayer before His Arrest: Function and Theology
Unit 5: Climactic Passion, Resurrection, and Epilogue (John 18:1–21:25)
  • Jesus’ Arrest, the Priest’s Interrogation, and Peter’s Denial
  • Pilate’s Interrogation and Jesus’ Kingdom
  • Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death, and Burial
  • Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death, and Burial: Function and Theology
  • Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances
  • John’s Epilogue
  • Jesus’ Post-Resurrection Appearances: Function
  • Using Factbook and Visual Copy to Create a Custom Bible Introduction Presentation
  • Gospel of John: Jesus and the Beloved Apostle
  • Gospel of John: Old Look/New Look
  • Gospel of John: Authorship
  • Researching the Reliability of John’s Gospel with the Factbook
  • Gospel of John: Audience and Date
  • Gospel of John: A Jewish Gospel
Conclusion
  • Review

Dr. Joel Willitts is a professor in the biblical and theological studies department at North Park University. He has researched and published several books, essays, and journal articles on the New Testament’s Jewish context.

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