Welcome to our 5-week online course on the New Testament Gospels with Dr. Jordan Henderson! This is a for-credit course for students desiring to complete all seven Biblical Studies electives. Please note that the prerequisite for this course is BIB 404: Poetry (Wisdom Literature and Psalms).
This course will explore the figure of Jesus Christ as He is depicted in each of the four canonical gospels. Each of the first four weeks will focus on the presentation of Jesus in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John respectively. We will examine the image of Jesus which emerges when seen through the lenses of all four gospels. We will also focus on Jesus as the hoped-for Messiah of the Hebrew Scriptures. In our final class, we will discuss the Church’s Christological understanding of Jesus and Trinitarian understanding of God, as defined in the Council of Nicea, in light of our reading of the Gospels. We will also discuss the so-called “Quest for the Historical Jesus” in this final class.
We will send out a Streamyard link a few days before the first class. The class will meet on the following dates: 2/20/2024, 2/27/2024, 3/5/2024, 3/12/2024, and 3/14/2024. All classes will meet at 7pm Eastern.
Each week, you will be provided with a set of learning objectives, readings, and an assignment to submit a written essay. The readings and the essay are designed to help you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to achieve the objectives of the week.
The course will be delivered primarily online, through a combination of video lectures and readings. You will be expected to complete the course materials within a specific schedule, with specific deadlines for the weekly essay submissions.
We are excited to have you join us for this 5-week journey and we look forward to reading your essays and working with you to achieve your goals. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
There are two options for taking this course: the Live Cohort and Synchronous Self-Guided. In the Live Cohort version, students are required to virtually attend one lecture per week online. In the Synchronous Self-Guided version, students are not required to attend the online lectures, but are required to show proof of having watched recordings of the lectures. Below are the syllabi for both the Live Cohort and the Synchronous Self-Guided versions of this course.
Students are required to have an electronic journal that contains all of their notes for every content assignment in the course. There is a required minimum of one paragraph of notes per hour spent on a content assignment. The journal will be submitted in the Lesson Five Quiz when the course is completed.
Each week, students will perform a casual interview that relates to the content they are studying. A student can interview the same person as often as they want, and ideally, your interviewee is a person that is familiar with the current content you are studying. Students will submit a summary of their interviews at the end of the course.