NT211 Introducing the Gospels and Acts: Their Background, Nature, and Purpose

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Study the key events of the Gospels and the book of Acts with prolific New Testament scholar Dr. Darrell L. Bock. Dr. Bock walks you through the pivotal events of history that shaped the social, religious, and political environment of Jesus and the early church. Find out why the religious leaders wanted Jesus crucified and how the resurrection demonstrated God’s approval of Jesus as Messiah. Discover how the early church remembered, shared, and recorded the events of Jesus’ life, and how those events became the catalyst for ministry in the book of Acts. Learn about the literary features of the gospel genre and why some “gospels” where not included in the New Testament. Dr. Bock—an internationally recognized authority on theology and culture—developed this course for the Mobile Education platform so that you can read the Gospels and Acts with fresh eyes.

Introduction

Introducing the Speaker and the Course
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Introducing the Speaker and the Course

2m

Background to the New Testament

Understanding Backgrounds
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Understanding Backgrounds

2m
The Nature of Judaism
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The Nature of Judaism

4m
Alexander the Great
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Alexander the Great

3m
Hellenization and First Maccabees
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Hellenization and First Maccabees

6m
Jewish Responses to Hellenism
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Jewish Responses to Hellenism

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The Temple Story
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The Temple Story

8m
The Start of the Maccabean War
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The Start of the Maccabean War

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The Impact of Hellenism and the War on Jewish Identity
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The Impact of Hellenism and the War on Jewish Identity

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The Romans in the Holy Land
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The Romans in the Holy Land

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Psalms of Solomon
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Psalms of Solomon

5m
The Ministry of Jesus
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The Ministry of Jesus

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Forgiving Sins: The Healing of the Paralytic
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Forgiving Sins: The Healing of the Paralytic

9m
Messing with the Sabbath
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Messing with the Sabbath

6m
Challenging Tradition and Ritual Purity
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Challenging Tradition and Ritual Purity

9m
Claiming to Be King
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Claiming to Be King

5m
Cleansing the Temple
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Cleansing the Temple

5m
The New Testament Collection
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The New Testament Collection

7m

The Nature and Purpose of the Gospels

Orality and Memory
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Orality and Memory

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The Value of a Voice
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The Value of a Voice

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The Quality and Types of Orality
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The Quality and Types of Orality

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Corporate and Individual Memory
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Corporate and Individual Memory

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Examples of Memory
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Examples of Memory

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The Gospel Genre
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The Gospel Genre

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The Dates of the Gospels
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The Dates of the Gospels

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The Authorship of Mark
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The Authorship of Mark

5m
The Authorship of Luke
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The Authorship of Luke

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The Authorship of Matthew
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The Authorship of Matthew

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The Authorship of John
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The Authorship of John

3m
The Four Gospels
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The Four Gospels

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Four Perspectives
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Four Perspectives

6m
The Missing Gospels
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The Missing Gospels

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Gnosticism
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Gnosticism

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The Gospel of Thomas
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The Gospel of Thomas

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Background of the Gnostic Creation Story
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Background of the Gnostic Creation Story

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The Gnostic Creation Story
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The Gnostic Creation Story

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Summary of the Missing Gospels
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Summary of the Missing Gospels

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Summary of the Nature and Purpose of the Gospels
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Summary of the Nature and Purpose of the Gospels

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Resurrection in the Gospel Accounts

An Introduction to Resurrection
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An Introduction to Resurrection

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Resurrection in Judaism and the Graeco-Roman World
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Resurrection in Judaism and the Graeco-Roman World

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Jesus’ Predictions about His Resurrection
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Jesus’ Predictions about His Resurrection

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Resurrection and the Old Testament
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Resurrection and the Old Testament

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Jesus at His Jewish Examination
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Jesus at His Jewish Examination

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Resurrection in Mark’s Gospel
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Resurrection in Mark’s Gospel

6m
Resurrection in Matthew’s Gospel
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Resurrection in Matthew’s Gospel

5m
Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel
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Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel

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Resurrection in John’s Gospel
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Resurrection in John’s Gospel

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The Credibility of the Resurrection
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The Credibility of the Resurrection

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The Significance of the Resurrection
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The Significance of the Resurrection

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The Early Church in Acts

The Ascension of Jesus
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The Ascension of Jesus

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Pentecost: The Spirit and the Resurrection
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Pentecost: The Spirit and the Resurrection

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Pentecost: The Exaltation
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Pentecost: The Exaltation

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To the Gentiles
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To the Gentiles

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Jew and Gentile Together: The Jerusalem Council
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Jew and Gentile Together: The Jerusalem Council

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Jew and Gentile Together: Ephesians 2
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Jew and Gentile Together: Ephesians 2

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Persecution and Martyrdom: Acts 4
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Persecution and Martyrdom: Acts 4

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Persecution and Martyrdom: Stephen
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Persecution and Martyrdom: Stephen

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Persecution and Martyrdom: Paul
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Persecution and Martyrdom: Paul

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The Gospel Message
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The Gospel Message

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The Core Message of the Gospel
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The Core Message of the Gospel

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The House Church
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The House Church

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Conclusion

Course Summary
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Course Summary

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Appendix: Screencasts

Searching Encyclopedias for Alexander the Great
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Searching Encyclopedias for Alexander the Great

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Searching and Researching the Apocrypha
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Searching and Researching the Apocrypha

5m
Using Notes to Study the Pseudepigrapha
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Using Notes to Study the Pseudepigrapha

5m
Using the Topic Guide to Study the Sabbath
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Using the Topic Guide to Study the Sabbath

5m
Using Bible Harmonies to Compare Gospel Accounts
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Using Bible Harmonies to Compare Gospel Accounts

6m
Searching and Highlighting the Early Church Fathers
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Searching and Highlighting the Early Church Fathers

5m
Creating a Clippings Document of Gnostic Writings
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Creating a Clippings Document of Gnostic Writings

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Using Interlinears to Explore a Verse in the Original Language
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Using Interlinears to Explore a Verse in the Original Language

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Using Different Greek Lexicons
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Using Different Greek Lexicons

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Using Clause Search to Find References to the Holy Spirit
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Using Clause Search to Find References to the Holy Spirit

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