BI271 Interpreting New Testament Narrative: Studies and Methods

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Using the methods described in Introducing Literary Interpretation (BI131), Dr. Jeannine Brown shows how to interpret the Gospel narratives—not with a piecemeal approach, but by understanding each Gospel narrative as a whole. Gain insight on the literary context, genre, and historical setting of the Gospels. Understand how the Graeco-Roman and Jewish cultures combined to create the unique setting that God chose to reveal Himself in. Explore the setting, characters, and plot in the Gospels, as well as literary devices like the arrangement of pericopes and different points of view in the story. After describing interpretive methods, Dr. Brown applies them to specific passages, providing step-by-step guidance and giving you confidence to interpret the Gospel narratives yourself.

Introduction

Introducing the Speaker

Introducing the Speaker

1m
Introducing the Course

Introducing the Course

2m

What Are the Gospels?

Genre

Genre

3m
A Formal Resemblance to Graeco-Roman Biography

A Formal Resemblance to Graeco-Roman Biography

3m
A Substantive Resemblance to Graeco-Roman Biography

A Substantive Resemblance to Graeco-Roman Biography

3m
Using Louw-Nida to Study Geographic Settings

Using Louw-Nida to Study Geographic Settings

4m
Distinctions from Graeco-Roman Biography

Distinctions from Graeco-Roman Biography

6m
Implications for Interpreting the Gospels

Implications for Interpreting the Gospels

8m

Reading the Gospels as Wholes

Literary Context

Literary Context

5m
Investigating the Textual Variant in Mark 16:9–20

Investigating the Textual Variant in Mark 16:9–20

5m
The Two Levels of a Gospel

The Two Levels of a Gospel

4m
The Story Level

The Story Level

6m
The Discourse Level: Themes

The Discourse Level: Themes

6m
Discovering Repeated Terms in the Gospels

Discovering Repeated Terms in the Gospels

4m
The Discourse Level: Sequencing

The Discourse Level: Sequencing

4m
The Discourse Level: More Sequencing Strategies

The Discourse Level: More Sequencing Strategies

5m
The Discourse Level: Point of View

The Discourse Level: Point of View

7m
Finding Specific Characters’ Speeches

Finding Specific Characters’ Speeches

3m
The Implied Reader

The Implied Reader

7m

Other Methods for Reading the Gospels

A Range of Methods

A Range of Methods

6m
Historical Criticism

Historical Criticism

3m
Identifying Genres and Subgenres in the Gospels

Identifying Genres and Subgenres in the Gospels

4m
Source Criticism

Source Criticism

5m
Form Criticism

Form Criticism

8m
Redaction Criticism

Redaction Criticism

10m

Reading the Gospels in Their First Settings

Two Potential Time Frames

Two Potential Time Frames

6m
The Two Worlds of the First Century

The Two Worlds of the First Century

8m
Political Background of First-Century Judaism

Political Background of First-Century Judaism

2m
Roman Occupation during the Time of Jesus

Roman Occupation during the Time of Jesus

2m
Working with a Graeco-Roman Setting

Working with a Graeco-Roman Setting

4m
Identifying Historical Figures in the Gospels

Identifying Historical Figures in the Gospels

4m
Rome and Jesus’ Crucifixion

Rome and Jesus’ Crucifixion

7m
Core Beliefs of First-Century Judaism

Core Beliefs of First-Century Judaism

8m
Expectations within First-Century Judaism

Expectations within First-Century Judaism

6m

Examples of Working with a Jewish Setting

Torah Adherence in Exodus and the Psalms

Torah Adherence in Exodus and the Psalms

5m
Torah Adherence in the Prophets

Torah Adherence in the Prophets

3m
Purity Laws

Purity Laws

6m
Pharisees

Pharisees

5m
Messianic Expectations

Messianic Expectations

4m
Locating Early Interpretations of Isaiah 11:1–3

Locating Early Interpretations of Isaiah 11:1–3

4m
The Royal Messiah

The Royal Messiah

5m
Other Figures and Terms

Other Figures and Terms

7m

Reading Matthew as a Whole

Keeping Three Values in View

Keeping Three Values in View

2m
The Title of Matthew’s Gospel

The Title of Matthew’s Gospel

5m
Genealogy as a Subgenre

Genealogy as a Subgenre

5m
Comparing Old Testament Genealogies

Comparing Old Testament Genealogies

4m
The Pattern of the Genealogy in Matthew 1:2–17

The Pattern of the Genealogy in Matthew 1:2–17

2m
Breaks in the Pattern

Breaks in the Pattern

5m
Themes in Matthew 1:2–17

Themes in Matthew 1:2–17

4m
Themes Reiterated in Matthew 28:16–20

Themes Reiterated in Matthew 28:16–20

4m

The Scramble for Status

An Example from Matthew 20:20–28

An Example from Matthew 20:20–28

2m
Backing Up Slightly: Matthew 20:17–19

Backing Up Slightly: Matthew 20:17–19

3m
Backing Up Further: Matthew 20:1–16

Backing Up Further: Matthew 20:1–16

5m
Backing Up to the Key Juncture: Matthew 16:21

Backing Up to the Key Juncture: Matthew 16:21

8m
Themes That Emerge

Themes That Emerge

6m
Checking Themes across Matthew as a Whole

Checking Themes across Matthew as a Whole

7m
Historical Assessment of Themes: Status Reversal

Historical Assessment of Themes: Status Reversal

3m
Historical Assessment of Themes: The Servant of the Lord

Historical Assessment of Themes: The Servant of the Lord

4m
Returning to Matthew 20:20–28

Returning to Matthew 20:20–28

4m

John’s Prologue

A Look at the Passage

A Look at the Passage

3m
Themes

Themes

7m
Historical Setting

Historical Setting

4m
John’s Prologue and Genesis 1

John’s Prologue and Genesis 1

6m
John’s Prologue and Exodus

John’s Prologue and Exodus

4m
Exodus and John 1:17

Exodus and John 1:17

5m

Conclusion

Tools to Use When Reading the Gospels as Wholes

Tools to Use When Reading the Gospels as Wholes

3m