Creation to New Creation: The Gospels and Acts

Joshua Burks
Joshua Burks
Creation to New Creation: <em>The Gospels</em> and <em>Acts</em>
Christ with the Four Evangelists (c. 1514), Fra Bartolomeo

From the first pages of the book of Genesis, God’s loving plan of communion with mankind begins to unfold. In this course, we will consider how Jesus, the Word made flesh (John 1:14), stands at the center of that drama. In Jesus, the “last Adam” (1 Cor 15:45), the “son of David” and the “son of Abraham” (Matt 1:1), all of God’s covenant promises are fulfilled and made new. In this course we will seek to encounter the person of Jesus and explore his saving mission as these are both revealed by the inspired words developed in the fourfold Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and continued in the Acts of the Apostles. This course will follow a threefold structure: (1) a general introduction to reading and studying New Testament literature; (2) a substantial overview of each of the four Gospels and Acts of the Apostles; and (3) a more careful look at selected passages in order to contemplate the specific contributions of Matthew–Acts in the revelation of Jesus, God’s eternal Word.

This course is also available by video, and fulfills part of the Creation to New Creation: Journey Through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation certificate requirements. This section, Cohort C2 is open to all interested laity who have previously taken CTNC courses as well as newcomers. Registering for this course does not bind you to any additional courses—certificate courses are taken one at a time. Upon completion of the entire certificate program, students may apply for up to nine transfer credits toward an M.A. in Applied Catholic Theology through the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND) or three credits toward M.A. programs at The Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology. Please consult the instructor if you wish to take advantage of either of these opportunities.

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