Talk:Biblical Studies (NT)

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I recognize that this is an "introductory" course on the New Testament but it is a bit amazing that the only gospel really discussed is that of Mark. I suppose one could assume that since Matthew and Luke are part of the "synoptic problem" and are largely based on Mark according to most academic opinions Mark is sufficient to cover the basics of the story. However with no real discussion of John a great deal of Christ's mission is missed.

Regardless a great deal of work has gone into this course and for that I am grateful and thankful. --Bill A 14:51, 1 January 2011 (UTC)[reply]

You probably got that impression by looking at the reading assignments, but actually, all four gospels are dealt with as a group, and the lessons draw from all of them.
The readings consist of the entire gospel of Mark in four assignments. I'm guessing that the author considered it better for the beginning student to read one entire gospel than bits and pieces of all four. Presumably, Mark was chosen because it is the shortest and easiest to read, and is in keeping with the stated purpose in the introduction to the course that the reading assignments don't become "burdensome". The introduction also says that after finishing the course, those who wish to continue their studies should begin by reading the parts of the New Testament not covered in the reading assignments. --Kicheko 05:49, 26 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]