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 story. 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 filled full 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 fulfills part of the Creation to New Creation: Journey Through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation certificate. This section, Cohort A1, is reserved for clergy and parish catechists only. Upon completion of the whole 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). Please consult the instructor if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.
This course will be offered synchronously—i.e., both in person and online.
NB: We will not have class on the Vigil of All Saints, October 31.
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