Jesus and the Gospels Track

Jesus and the Gospels Track

Taught by Mark L. Strauss, Darrell L. Bock , Gary M. Burge, Michael J. Wilkins

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Course Details

  • 4 course series

  • Self-paced

  • 28+ hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Full price: $479.96

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Course Description

The person and work of Jesus lies at the center of Christian belief. Even non-Christians recognize both the historical importance and contemporary significance of Jesus.

Yet who is Jesus? What are we to make of the four Gospels that serve as witnesses to the events of his life and teaching? How should the Gospels be read—together—and understood today?

In this course track, you will get a detailed overview of the life of Jesus and the Four Gospels. You’ll take a close look at the historical and cultural context of Jesus’ life and ministry, including the events and movements of the period between the Old and New Testaments. You’ll learn to read the text carefully and closely, and learn how to read the Gospels together—particularly the parts that appear contradictory or confusing. You’ll discover the deeper theological message the Gospels convey. And you’ll explore what the transformative message of the Gospel means for the world today.

You will learn:

  • The overarching theology of Luke
  • Insight into the meaning of each Gospel for the church today
  • A greater grasp of how the message of each Gospel fits in with the rest of the New Testament
  • How the Gospels were read in the early church, and why Matthew’s Gospel was read most widely
  • The historical, religious, social, and cultural context of the first century
  • Insight into the individual portraits of Jesus presented in each Gospel
  • Why the Gospels are historically reliable
  • The genre and function of the Gospels and how to read them today

Key Benefits

  • Get immediate access to all 4 seminary-level online courses in the track
  • Access 28+ hours of video lectures from Darrell L. Bock, Mark L. Strauss, Gary M. Burge, and Michael J. Wilkins
  • Work through the courses at your own pace—take up to 36 months
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion
  • No prior coursework or prerequisites are required

This Track Includes the Following Courses

Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels

  • Taught by Mark L. Strauss
  • 20 units
  • 6 hours of video lectures

  • Taught by Michael J. Wilkins
  • 38 units
  • 8.5 hours of video lectures

  • Taught by Gary M. Burge
  • 15 units
  • 6 hours of video lectures
A Theology of Luke and Acts

  • Taught by Darrell L. Bock
  • 15 units
  • 8 hours of video lectures

Designed to Help You Succeed

  • Work at your own pace.
    Take as much time as you need to work through each course and each lesson—up to 36 months. We’ll walk you through every lesson, step-by-step, to make sure you understand each concept before you move on. Pause and rewind video lectures, work through the review sessions as many times as you’d like, and study at the times of day that work best for you. With this program, you’ll get the flexibility to learn in a way that’s best for you.
  • Learn from seasoned teachers and scholars.
    Your instructors have taught the material for decades both in traditional classroom settings and online. Everything has been expertly designed and time-tested.
  • Get access to tools proven to help you learn.
    Take advantage of the most sophisticated adaptive learning technology that will help you retain and remember what you learn.
  • Get digital access to all course materials—anytime, anywhere.
    Get access to 28+ hours of video materials, plus all textbook readings, exercises, quizzes, and more.

The Certificate Program Is Ideal for:

  • Preachers, teachers, and leaders who desire to become better readers of the four Gospels for teaching and preaching.
  • Beginning students who desire a solid foundation for studying the Gospels.
  • Anyone who wants to understand the life of Jesus and the four Gospels.

How to earn the Certificate

  1. Achieve an 80% or higher grade in each of the eight required courses.
  2. Complete all coursework within 36 months of enrolling.
  3. Notify us of completion.

When we have confirmed you have satisfied the program requirements, we will issue a Certificate of Completion.

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.

Darrell L. Bock

PhD, University of Aberdeen

Darrell L. Bock is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Known for his work in Luke-Acts, Dr. Bock is a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany), an editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society (2000-2001). A New York Times bestselling author, Bock has written over thirty books, including Luke in the NIV Application Commentary series.

Gary M. Burge

PhD, University of Aberdeen

Gary M. Burge is professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. Gary has authored Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (couthored with Gene Green); and the first two volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller.

Michael J. Wilkins

Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Michael J. Wilkins is dean of the faculty and professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and is the author or editor of several books, including Jesus Under Fire. He is a visiting professor at several international schools and is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America.

The Gospels Certificate Details

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