Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Synoptic Gospels

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit students are given the opportunity to verify the multiplicity of witnessing to the living person of Jesus Christ through the inspired writings of the Synoptic Evangelists, namely Mark, Matthew and Luke, and their respective communities, together with the peculiarities and characteristic features of each of the three Synoptic Gospels.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To present the main features of the three Synoptic Gospels;
- To outline the principal characteristics of the public mission and the Passion of Jesus as described in the three mentioned Gospels;
- To recognize the areas of convergence of the three Gospels and the differences between them.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Explain what is meant by the term "Synoptic Gospel";
- iIentify the social, religious and literary context of the Synoptic Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke;
- Discuss and give examples of the similarities and differences in the Synoptic Gospels;
- Describe the Three Stages of the Formation of the Synoptic Gospels;
- Explain the Three Stages of the Formation of the Synoptic Gospels;
- Demonstrate how each of the Three Stages are present in the Gospel texts.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify the fundamental contribution as regards Christology of each of the three Synoptic Gospels;
- Identify the fundamental contribution as regards Ecclesiology of each of the three Synoptic Gospels;
- Formulate a complete picture of basic issues in Theology (namely the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ, Christ's redemptive work, the Church, Christian disicpleship and ethics, the role of the Holy Spirit) from the Gospel texts of the Synoptic Gospels.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- FITZMYER Joseph A., The Gospel according to Luke (I-IX; X XXIV) (= Anchor Bible 27-28A), NY 1981 1985.
- STOCK Klemens, Marco. Commento contestuale al vangelo di Marco (= Bibbia e Preghiera 47), Roma 2003.
- de VAUX Roland, Ancient Israel. Its life and institutions, London 2011.
- HARRINGTON Daniel J., The Gospel of Matthew (= Sacra Pagina 1), Collegeville/MN 1991.

Supplementary Readings:

- ALBRIGHT William F. – MANN C. S., Matthew (= Anchor Bible 26), Garden City/NY 1971.
- ALETTI Jean-Noël, L’Arte di raccontare Gesù Cristo. L’arte narrativa del vangelo di Luca, Brescia 1991.
- BROWN Raymond E., An Introduction to the New Testament (= ABRL), New York 2016.
- DONAHUE John R. – HARRINGTON Daniel J., The Gospel of Mark (= Sacra Pagina 2), Collegeville/MN 2002.
- GUNDRY Robert H., Mark. A commentary on his apology for the cross, Grand Rapids/MI 1993.
- JEREMIAS Joachim, Jerusalem in the time of Jesus, London 2012.
- JOHNSON Timothy L., The Gospel of Luke (= Sacra Pagina 3), Collegeville/MN 1991.
- MEYNET Roland, Una nuova introduzione ai vangeli sinottici, Bologna 2001.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: THL1001 - Introduction to Theology


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral examination SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Paul Sciberras

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