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This course will review the historical Background of the Gospels, the message of the four Gospels, and the Life and ministry of Christ.

A historical, biographical, and exegetical study of the life and teaching of Jesus (during the last six months of his earthly ministry) as set forth in the four gospels.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should:

  • Know the major aspects of the life and teaching of Jesus.
  • Be able to describe the chronology and geography of the life of Christ.
  • Understand the basic content and the unique contribution of each gospel.
  • Be able to discover the contemporary significance of issues raised in the study of the life of Jesus.
  • Be able to recite from memory the seven “I am” statements recorded in John’s gospel.
  • Be able write a brief explanation (exegesis) of a text from the gospels.
  • Love to read the gospels as a source of spiritual nurture.
  • Develop spiritually and morally by relating their lives to the life of Jesus.

Course Requirements

A. Technical Requirements:

  • Download and install a browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer. We suggest Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • The E-learning system performs better with Firefox or Google Chrome browsers.

B. Academic Requirements

  • Lessons (25%): Complete the weekly lessons
  • Assignments (35%): Complete the weekly assignments. Assignments are based on the textbook.
  • Final exam (40%).

C. Grading Scale

A = 94-100 Excellent
B = 84 – 93 Above Average
C = 74 – 83 Average
D = 64 – 73 Below Average
F = 63 & Below Failure

Required Textbook

Four Portraits, One Jesus
Mark L. Strauss
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Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels
by Mark L. Strauss (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0310226970

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