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Hartford Seminary

The Synoptic Gospels (SC-540)

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are the earliest surviving accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus. This course will provide a detailed examination of these texts, paying special attention to the distinctive portrait of Jesus that each gospel presents. We will study these biblical texts in their ancient contexts and discuss contemporary application. We will explore various theories regarding the so-called “Synoptic Problem”: Which gospel do you think came first? But that’s not all! We will also survey different critical methods in Gospel analysis such as literary, redaction, socio-historical, and tradition-critical. Best of all: we will have fun doing it!

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Shanell T. Smith


Winter/Spring 2015

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