1 x 3-hour lecture weekly
1 Admission into GCTHS-Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
1a Admission into GDPTHS-Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies
1b Admission into MTHS-Master of Theological Studies
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b))
Enrolment not permitted
THEO8201 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic introduces students to foundational issues of Synoptic Studies, including sources, provenance and distinctive theologies, through a critical study of one of the Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew or Luke). Through the application of a variety of exegetical methods, the topic will evaluate the interrelationship and literary design of the gospels and analyse them in their broader cultural and sociological contexts. The hermeneutical aspects of interpreting these ancient texts in contemporary cultural contexts will be critically evaluated.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop foundational skills in evaluating the Synoptic Gospels critically
  • Analyse the Gospels in their literary, historical, and cultural contexts in the 1st Century CE
  • Analyse how the Gospel writers sought to address the pastoral issues of their context and developed unique insights into Jesus, discipleship and community
  • Analyse and apply appropriate exegetical tools to interpret the Gospels, for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Evaluate the role of the Gospels in understanding a range of theological messages, in both ancient and contemporary contexts
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Apply a range of theoretical perspectives to Synoptic Gospel interpretation
  2. Demonstrate advanced skills in the critical analysis of scriptures through the application of exegetical methods
  3. Analyse the contexts and communities that shaped the work of the Gospel writers, and synthesise a variety of source materials
  4. Evaluate the impact of these issues on contemporary understandings of Gospel texts