RELG414

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) are the historian’s main source for his portrait of the historical Jesus. The focus of this course is the examination of various genres in the Gospels – parables, trial narratives, miracle stories, and so on, in order to understand the interplay of tradition and interpretation in the early decades of the Christian movement. The student will be encouraged to appreciate each Gospel as a unified composition, and to recognize each evangelist’s principles of selection, arrangement and adaptation. A careful examination of the extra-canonical sources (Gospel of Thomas, Q, Apocryphal Gospels) to determine their relevance for historical Jesus research will be another feature of the seminar.
Prerequisites: None