Exegesis in the Synoptic Gospels

Thomas K. Dailey

Thursdays 9:30a-12:45p

Exegesis in the Synoptic Gospels is a Greek exegetical class designed to acquaint the student with the distinct character of the first three Gospels. The primary emphasis in the course will involve working through the Greek text of Mark’s gospel in order to establish a foundational presentation of Jesus’ life and teaching. Upon that foundation, a secondary emphasis will involve discerning the exegetical significance that arises from comparing and contrasting the synoptic presentations of parallel texts.  Prerequisite: Greek Exegetical Method 2

Upon completion of this course, the student will 1) identify exegetical features that are particularly related to conducting exegesis in the synoptics; 2) correlate appropriate exegetical method with the differing genres represented in the synoptics, e.g., narrative, speech, parable, apocalyptic, and the like; evaluate the profitability of the traditional historical-critical approach to the study of the synoptics; gain familiarity with the use of the Synopsis of the Four Gospels through the analysis of several synoptic examples wherein the synoptic presentations portray the same events and sayings of Jesus in differing ways; and formulate an exegetical paper with an emphasis on how the synoptic phenomenon influences the meaning of a particular author’s unique presentation of Jesus and his teachings.

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Course Textbooks
*Additionally, students should consult with the professor about purchasing the following title:
Aland, Kurt, ed. Synopsis of the Four Gospels: Greek-English Edition of the Synopsis Quattuor Evangeliorum. 12th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2001.
Course Requirements
  • 20% - Reading the Gospel of Mark
  • 25% - Analysis of a Synoptic Pericope
  • 20% - Reading France
  • 25% - Exegetical Paper
  • 10% - Synoptic Application