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The Synoptic Gospels: An Introduction to the New Testament
The Revd. Dr. Eric Lau

Subject Overview
An introduction to the Synoptic Gospels, focusing on the historical background and the complex questions involved in synoptic studies such as the synoptic problem and the findings of modern biblical criticism. Students are introduced to the distinctive witness of each of the three evangelists, their contexts, aims, emphasis, main themes and theologies, all of which provide ways of looking at Jesus and his significance for the early Christian communities.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad introductory knowledge of the content of the Synoptic Gospels;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with key literary, historical and theological issues which arise from a study of the Synoptic Gospels;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to undertake basic research using both primary and secondary sources relevant to this subject and communicate it in an organized and coherent manner;
  • Demonstrate an ability to undertake basic exegesis of Synoptic texts;
  • Demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills.