At a Glance
- An overview the genre and function of the four biblical Gospels with an unifying overview, drawn from all four gospels, of Jesus’ life, ministry, miracles, message, and death and resurrection
- Teachings on the historical, religious, social, and cultural contexts in which Jesus lived and the Gospels were written
- Insights 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
- Access to all course material—video lectures; readings enhanced by reflection question, quizzes, exams, and the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
- 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace
Based on the popular textbook Four Portraits, One Jesus by Mark L. Strauss, is a thorough yet accessible introduction to the Four Gospels and their subject, the life and person of Jesus. Like different artists rendering the same subject using different styles and points of view, the Gospel authors paint four highly distinctive portraits of the same remarkable Jesus.
With clarity and insight, this course illuminates these four books, first addressing their nature, origin, methods for study, and historical, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Moving then into a closer study of each narrative and its contribution to our understanding of Jesus, investigating elements such as plot, characters, and theme; the course finally 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.
All course material—instructional videos, readings, practical exercises, and quizzes—is available online for study at your own convenience.
- 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
About the Technology
Author and Instructor
Dr. 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.