New Testament Theology: Mark and Matthew
The overall objective of this course is to lay the foundation for a lifetime of work in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, introducing the student to all of the essential processes and resources necessary to frame in a biblical theology of the Gospels of Mark and Matthew and to a process of moving from biblical theology to theology in culture. Specifically, this means that each person studying the course will:
Develop an overall understanding of Mark and Matthew, including the development of a canonical intent statement that integrates the overall intention and literary design for Mark and Matthew as a canonical section and the role that Mark and Matthew play in relation to the other sections of the New Testament canon.
Develop skill in handling the special literature of Mark and Matthew, majoring on the gospel genre and the interpretation of parables.
Develop an author’s intention statement for each book, which pays careful attention to the literary design; develop a theology of each book, which develops the author’s emphasis of crafting his theological ideas.
Develop a theology of Mark and Matthew as a whole, which again, respects the literary design of Mark and Matthew as a section of the New Testament canon and identifies the careful crafting of the author’s theological ideas, identifying both themes and rhemes.
- Develop a framework for beginning to use Mark and Matthew in both life and ministry, including framing in a couple of ideas for preaching from Mark and Matthew in future series.