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Mobile Ed: NT311 The World of Jesus and the Gospels (3 hour course)

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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.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Summarize and illustrate how knowledge of the intertestamental period helps us understand the New Testament better
  • Summarize the succession and character of the dominant powers that ruled over Palestine during the intertestamental period
  • Identify and characterize the key intertestamental written sources
  • Identify and characterize the various influential Jewish parties of the intertestamental period

Course Outline


  • 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

Product Details

  • Title: NT311 The World of Jesus and the Gospels
  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 3
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About Craig A. Evans

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: The Function of the Old Testament in the New , Jesus and the Ossuaries, Jesus: The Final Days, and Dictionary of New Testament Background.

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Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.


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  1. Richard Labelle
  2. Tim Kuhn

    Tim Kuhn


    This was one of a few courses I picked up on sale. I finally took a couple days to go through it. I found it informative and enjoyable. I have always like Dr. Evan's courses and this one didn't disappoint. I have never studied this time period so this was a good start for me. Is there some repetitive reading...yes. Did it bother me? No, I need to read things a few times to get them in my head. I am glad I grabbed this one and will be referencing it in the future.
  3. Kevin Bratcher
  4. Wei Qiang

    Wei Qiang


  5. GaoLu



    A quite good course with basic but quality lectures. I found the lectures interesting, informative and packed with stuff I wanted to know. Curated readings are excellent, though occasionally repetitious. I spent a lot of time in this course and came away with a lot of good,rich knowledge--a great deal of information for a 3 hour course. I recommend this highly.
  6. William L White
  7. G. Jorge Medina
    It would be helpful if one who own the course could download audio only in order to listen to on long drives.
  8. Michael Witt

    Michael Witt


  9. Greg F

    Greg F


    Not particularly substantive, unfortunately. I would be fine with a series of brief, 5 to 10-minute lectures on subjects like "The History of Rome" or Hasmoneans if (and only if) the course had detailed bibliographies for further reading. As far as I can tell, however, after going through the first half of the course (in about two evenings), I've noted that the large majority of the segments refer only to articles in bible dictionaries (for the most part the Lexham Bible Dictionary). Such a broad survey course really calls for a more interesting and elaborated bibliography..
  10. Matt Hamrick

    Matt Hamrick


    I did this course in the 2 week Summer Session with Faithlife in 2015. The course itself taught by Dr. Craig Evans was eye opening and I gained a lot of knowledge on the 400 years between testaments. This is about the Intertestamental Period. Many of us are first taught about the period in Bible college or Seminary but it is usually part of a New Testament Survey. This course works in your software and you can do it over and over. Also, there is an entire bundle from Dr. Evans that will also benefit your studies that covers the Dead Sea Scrolls, Targums, and other literature from this time period as well as the New Testament itself. I highly recommend this course from Dr. Evans, as well as his others.


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