The Gospels record the “greatest story ever told,” the events of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. To study the Gospels is to study the foundation of Christianity, and in Four Portraits, One Jesus, author and professor Mark Strauss provides an expert and understandable introduction to these first four books of the New Testament.
6.5 hours of video
Four Portraits, One Jesus by Mark L. Strauss
To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow Jesus admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential.
Four Portraits, One Jesus, taught by Mark L. Strauss, is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these documents and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospels paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus.
With clarity and insight, Strauss illuminates these four books, first addressing their nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He then moves into a closer study of each narrative and its contribution to our understanding of Jesus, investigating elements such as plot, characters, and theme. Finally, he pulls it all together with a detailed examination of what the Gospels teach about Jesus’ ministry, message, death, and resurrection, with excursions into the quest for the historical Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels.
By completing this course, you’ll gain
an understanding of the genre and function of the four biblical Gospels
knowledge of the historical, religious, social, and cultural contexts in which Jesus lived and the Gospels were written
insight into the individual portraits of Jesus presented within each Gospel, the ways in which those portraits differ, and the reasons why
an introduction to the modern “search for the historical Jesus” and the historical reliability of the Gospels
a unifying overview, drawn from all four gospels, of Jesus’ life, ministry, miracles, message, and death and resurrection
confidence in the Gospels’ presentation of Jesus and familiarity with the key themes and events in each
Meet Your Instructors
Mark L. Strauss
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Mark Strauss is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego. He has written The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, Distorting Scripture?: The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy, Luke in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary series, and Mark in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.
What Are the Gospels?
Exploring the Origin and Nature of the Gospels
Reading and Hearing the Gospel Stories
The Historical Setting of the Gospels
The Religious, Social, and Cultural Settings of the Gospels
Searching for the Real Jesus
Historical Reliability of the Gospels
Contours and Chronology of Jesus’ Ministry
Jesus’ Birth, Childhood, and Early Ministry
Message and Miracles of Jesus
Messianic Words and Actions of Jesus
Death and Resurrection of Jesus [FINAL EXAM]
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