Examine the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—with Dr. Craig Evans. Follow the story of Jesus from Infancy to Resurrection to discover the ancient context of Matthew’s Gospel, the authorship of Mark, and the implications of Luke for the church today.
Dr. Craig Evans discusses the original context in which Matthew wrote his Gospel, as well as Matthew’s purpose for writing. He wrote for those still connected to the synagogue. Dr. Evans takes you from the ancient context of Matthew’s Gospel to its application today.
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.
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.