From the first pages of the book of Genesis, God’s loving plan of communion with mankind begins to unfold. In this course, we will consider how Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:14), stands at the center of that story. In Jesus, the “last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45), the “son of David” and the “son of Abraham” (Matt 1:1), all of God’s covenant promises are filled full and made new. This course will explore how Jesus is revealed in the fourfold Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, as we encounter Him through their inspired words.
This ten-week course is the third in a series of nine on the theme of Creation to New Creation, in which we continue our Journey through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. The first two courses focused on the beginning of that journey, with a careful exploration of Genesis and Exodus. In this third course, we will leap forward to the beginning of the New Testament; the fourfold Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Students are encouraged to join even if they missed the first two courses.) This course will follow a threefold structure: (1) a general introduction to reading and studying a New Testament Gospel; (2) a substantial overview of each of the four Gospels; and (3) a more careful look at selected passages in order to contemplate the specific contributions of each Gospel in the revelation of Jesus, God’s eternal Word.
Whether for personal enrichment or formal teaching or greater liturgical appreciation, this course is designed to deepen our knowledge of God and to move our hearts toward greater faith and devotion as we meet our Lord in the life-transforming message of Sacred Scripture.
- Sacred Scripture, the Bible (preferably RSVCE 2nd edition)
- The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament
- Instructors’ notes (provided and included in the registration cost)
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