TB104 - The Synoptic Gospels
General Information
Course Type On Campus
Course Category T01 Sacred Scripture
Description Teaching Objective:
As indicated by Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis no. 78, this course aims at giving the students an example of “the correct methods of exegesis”. Hopefully, the students will be aware of “what the main problems are and their solution” and be able to acquire a vision of the whole of Sacred Scripture with a clear insight into the principal chapters of the history of salvation”. This course on the Synoptic Gospels (Gospel according to Matthew, Gospel according to Mark, Gospel according to Luke) is especially suited to achieve all the above objectives inasmuch as it deals with “the principal chapter of the history of salvation”, namely, the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Messiah Son of God. In dealing with this principal and central chapter, there is added urgency to the need of “correct methods of exegesis” and of finding solutions for “the main problems”.

Teaching Content:
The course starts with a study of how Dei Verbum 19 presents the unique literary form of “Gospel” as “history of the Jesus’mystery”. Then, in line with the Instruction Sancta Mater Ecclesia, the three levels of Gospel formation are analyzed (the Jesus level, the Oral Tradition level, and the Written Gospel level) together with the possibility this analysis offers for a solution of the fundamental historical questions posed by the four Gospels. Next, the three Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, and Luke are exegeted synoptically. No theory of priority will be presupposed. During the course, reading assignment will be given that will concentrate on selected passages from each of the ten sections in which the Synoptic Gospel outline has been divided for teaching purposes:
1. The Beginning of the Gospel in Matt, Mark, Luke
2. The Infancy Gospel in Matt and Luke
3. The Prelude to Jesus’ Public Ministry in Matt, Mark, Luke
4. The Inauguration of Jesus’ Public Ministry in Matt, Mark, Luke
5. Jesus’ Galilean Ministry by Work and Word in Matt, Mark, Luke
6. The Centre of the Gospel in Matt, Mark, Luke and Luke’s Jerusalem Journey Narrative
7. Jesus’ Judean and Jerusalem Ministry by Work and Word in Matt, Mark, Luke
8. Paschal Narrative I: Pascha of Love and Sacrament in Matt, Mark, Luke
9. Paschal Narrative II: Pascha of Suffering and Death in Matt, Mark, Luke
10. Paschal Narrative III: Pascha of Life and Glory in Matt, Mark, Luke

Teaching Mode:
Lecture, Group Discussion and Personal Reading

Assessment Mode:
Written Quiz on Synoptic Distinctive Traits
College Organization Structure THEOLOGY DIVISION
Course Tuition Fee 2300.00
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