NT301 The Gospels as Ancient Biography: A Theological and Historical Perspective

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Dr. Jonathan Pennington, a specialist in the Gospels, discusses how to interpret these ancient biographies based on their genre rather than focusing only on their content. This course shows how a literary reading of the Gospels reveals the beauty of Jesus’ life.

What Are the Gospels?

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Introducing the Speaker and the Course

1m
The Meaning of “Gospel”

The Meaning of “Gospel”

3m
Using the Bible Word Study to Discover Usages of the Word “Gospel”

Using the Bible Word Study to Discover Usages of the Word “Gospel”

5m
“Gospel” in the Gospels

“Gospel” in the Gospels

6m
Gospels as Bios: Genre Options

Gospels as Bios: Genre Options

5m
Customizing the Passage Guide to Look at Genre Coding

Customizing the Passage Guide to Look at Genre Coding

6m
Gospels as Bios: Adapting a Graeco-Roman Genre

Gospels as Bios: Adapting a Graeco-Roman Genre

9m
Gospels as Bios: Particular Aspects in the Gospels

Gospels as Bios: Particular Aspects in the Gospels

10m
Gospels as Bios: Implications

Gospels as Bios: Implications

10m

Why Do We Need the Gospels?

Gospels: A Fuller Definition

Gospels: A Fuller Definition

5m
The Gospels: Benign Neglect

The Gospels: Benign Neglect

4m
Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 1

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 1

3m
Using the Context Menu to Research “Abba”

Using the Context Menu to Research “Abba”

4m
Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 2

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 2

4m
Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 3

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 3

4m
Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 4

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 4

3m
Finding Allusions to Exodus in the Gospel of Matthew

Finding Allusions to Exodus in the Gospel of Matthew

6m
Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 5

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 5

3m
Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 6

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 6

3m
Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 7

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 7

3m
Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 8

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 8

5m
Discovering Narrative Preaching Illustrations with the Sermon Starter Guide

Discovering Narrative Preaching Illustrations with the Sermon Starter Guide

7m

How Do We Deal with Having Four Gospels?

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 9

Why We Need the Gospels: Reason 9

3m
Introduction: To Harmonize or Not

Introduction: To Harmonize or Not

8m
Four Gospel Accounts: The Angst

Four Gospel Accounts: The Angst

6m
Using Different Synopses to Analyze the Gospels

Using Different Synopses to Analyze the Gospels

6m
Four Gospel Accounts: Harmonizing Solutions

Four Gospel Accounts: Harmonizing Solutions

12m

How Do We Read the Gospels?

Four Gospel Accounts: The Joy

Four Gospel Accounts: The Joy

10m
Cultural Hermeneutics: The Prodigal Son Goes to Russia

Cultural Hermeneutics: The Prodigal Son Goes to Russia

8m
Studying Background Information with the Faithlife Study Bible and Factbook

Studying Background Information with the Faithlife Study Bible and Factbook

6m
Cultural Hermeneutics: The Crescent through the Eyes of the Cross

Cultural Hermeneutics: The Crescent through the Eyes of the Cross

11m
Narrative Analysis: Introduction

Narrative Analysis: Introduction

8m
Narrative Analysis: A Model for the Gospels

Narrative Analysis: A Model for the Gospels

11m
Narrative Analysis: Method

Narrative Analysis: Method

9m
Narrative Analysis: Payoff and Limitations

Narrative Analysis: Payoff and Limitations

10m
Narrative Analysis: Circles of Context

Narrative Analysis: Circles of Context

13m
Narrative Analysis: Application (Luke 7:1–10)

Narrative Analysis: Application (Luke 7:1–10)

7m

What Is Our Goal in Reading the Gospels?

Doing Narrative Analysis with the Explorer and Sentence Diagramming Tools

Doing Narrative Analysis with the Explorer and Sentence Diagramming Tools

8m
Introduction: Why We Ask the Question

Introduction: Why We Ask the Question

10m
Centrality of the Gospels: Historical Arguments

Centrality of the Gospels: Historical Arguments

8m
Searching for Early Church Uses of “Gospel” with the Bible Word Study Guide

Searching for Early Church Uses of “Gospel” with the Bible Word Study Guide

6m
Centrality of the Gospels: Canonical and Theological Arguments

Centrality of the Gospels: Canonical and Theological Arguments

10m
Centrality of the Gospels: Implications

Centrality of the Gospels: Implications

8m
Using the Topic Guide to Find a Gospel’s Themes in the Rest of Scripture

Using the Topic Guide to Find a Gospel’s Themes in the Rest of Scripture

5m