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Mobile Ed: NT301 The Gospels as Ancient Biography: A Theological and Historical Perspective (4 hour course)

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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.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Explain the genre of the gospels
  • Approach the account of Jesus’ life from a literary perspective
  • Understand strategies for reading the gospels together

Course Outline


  • 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

Product Details

  • Title: NT301 The Gospels as Ancient Biography: A Theological and Historical Perspective
  • Instructor: Jonathan T. Pennington
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 4
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About the Instructor

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.


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