A Synoptic Gospel - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Annotated Bibliography (20%) , Essay (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,890.00
International 2,140.00

This unit provides students with the opportunity for study of either the Gospel of Matthew or the Gospel of Luke. The unit will examine the social, religious and historical contexts, the literary genre and narrative construction of the Gospel and its theological interpretation of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. use a variety of appropriate resources to give an account of the religious and socio-historical context of the selected Gospel
  2. identify and describe key narrative themes and characteristics within the text
  3. identify the various reading communities represented in the text
  4. explain the way narrative themes convey the theological aims discernible in the text
  5. use the skills of historical-critical, narrative, and social-scientific critical exegesis to present a study of selected texts.
  • Annotated Bibliography (20%)
  • Essay (50%)
  • Exercises — Exegetical exercise (30%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Audio/Visual equipment — Students may be required to buy headsets
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1A survey of the history of the first century Mediterranean world with an emphasis on the religious & social conditions informing the synoptic gospels
2A detailed study of either Matthew or Luke, drawing on historical, narrative, and/or social-scientific methodologies
3A study of the distinguishing stylistic and theological characteristics of the selected gospel

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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