NT301/501 Jesus and the Gospels

In this subject you will study the historical background and content of the New Testament, with special reference to the life, ministry and teaching of Jesus. You will dig into the four gospels and discover how they apply to your life and ministry.

Previous Subject TitleContent and Setting of the Gospel Tradition
Subject CodeNT301 - Undergraduate
NT501- Graduate
Study ModesMST City Campus or Online
Next AvailableSemester 1, 2019

Dr. Greg Forbes


This subject (along with Early New Testament Church) forms the foundation for advanced studies in the New Testament. This subject introduces students to the life and ministry of Jesus against the cultural, religious and political background of first century Palestine, and to the nature of the four gospels, their characteristics and major themes. Special attention is given to distinctive features of each of the four gospels, and to the life, ministry and teaching of Jesus.

At the end of the subject, students will:

• be able to locate the ministry of Jesus in its proper historical context, and to identify and explain the significance of those features of first century Palestinian Judaism that emerge in the text of the Gospels;

• be able to explain the distinctive character of Mark’s Gospel and to recount the people, places and events recorded in Mark’s narrative;

• be able to describe the distinctive theological features and historical setting of the other three Gospels;

• be able to identify and summarise the fruits of modern Gospel scholarship, with reference to contemporary publications;

• have researched in greater depth specific aspects of the life and ministry of Jesus in the light of current scholarship;

• have reflected on and evaluated the implications of the content and method of Jesus’ ministry for contemporary Christian ministry.


    This subject will be taught by Dr. Greg Forbes.

      Time Commitment

      The On-Campus mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      The Distance mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.

      Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Required Textbook

          Craig L. Blomberg, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey (2nd ed; Nashville: B&H Academic, 2009).

          Green, J.B., Brown, Jeannine K., Perrin, Nicholas. (eds.). Dictionary
          of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd Ed.; Illinois: IVP, 2013).

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