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Mobile Ed: Studies in the Gospels Bundle (9 courses)
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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 to Matthew’s Gospel
  • A Brief History of Interpretation of the Sermon
  • A Virtue-Ethics Reading of the Sermon
  • Guidelines for Reading the Sermon Well
  • Exposition of the Sermon
  • Conclusion

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
  • The Purpose of Parables
  • Why Jesus Taught in Parables
  • Parables Describing the Kingdom of God
  • Parables about Life in the Kingdom of God
  • Parables of Confrontation
  • Parables of Instruction about the Future
  • Parables of Discipleship
  • Conclusion

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:

  • The Place of Miracles in the Ministry of Jesus
  • Defining the Term “Miracle”
  • Understanding Miracles
  • Miracles in Matthew
  • Miracles in Mark
  • Miracles in Luke
  • Miracles in John
  • Historical Reliability of Miracle Accounts
  • The Miracle of the Resurrection
  • Do Miracles Occur Today?
  • Conclusion

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
  • Defining “Gospel”
  • The Gospels as Greek Biographies
  • Why Do We Need the Gospels?
  • Cultural Hermeneutics for the Gospels
  • A Literary Reading of the Gospels
  • The Joy and Angst of Having Four Gospels
  • What Is Our Goal in Reading the Gospels?
  • Conclusion

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
  • Intertestamental Socioreligious World
  • Intertestamental Ideas

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:

  • Introductory Matters
  • The Preparation for Ministry
  • The Sermon on the Mount
  • The Authority of Jesus
  • The Kingdom and Its Coming
  • Life in the New Community
  • The Consummation of the Age
  • The End of the Age
  • Humiliation and Exaltation of the Messiah

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:

  • Background and Introduction to Mark
  • Prologue: John the Baptist as the Forerunner of the Messiah
  • The Kingdom Authority of the Messiah
  • The Division of Israel
  • The Expanding Mission of the Messiah
  • The Revelation of the Messiah’s Suffering
  • The Messiah Confronts Jerusalem
  • The Passion of the Messiah
  • The Epilogue: Resurrection and the Endings of Mark
  • Conclusion

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:

  • Background Information
  • Preface and Origins of the Jesus Movement: Luke 1:5–52
  • Jesus’ Preparation for Ministry: Luke 3:1–4:13
  • The Healing and Teaching Ministry of Jesus in Galilee: Luke 4:14–19:44
  • Jesus Crucified and Resurrected in Jerusalem: Luke 19:45–24:53

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:

  • Background to John’s Gospel
  • Commentary
  • Initial Presentation
  • Intensifying Polarization
  • Jesus and the Feast of Tabernacles
  • Jesus and the Feast of Dedication
  • The Final Presentation
  • Private Preparation
  • Climactic Passion and Resurrection
  • Special Concerns related to John’s Gospel
  • Conclusion

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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