Objective: To explore the four Gospels as the center
of Christian faith.
Gospels represent the core teaching of the Church about Jesus
of Nazareth, the central figure of the Christian faith. A study
of the Gospels offers people new to Bible study an easy and familiar
way to begin. They've heard many of the stories of Jesus and are
exposed to Gospel readings at each Mass they attend. A mini-course
on the Gospels will enable learners to compare and contrast the
different approaches used by the four evangelists and to understand
that the Gospels are theological statements about Jesus the Christ,
not primarily biographical or historical documents.
A four-week course would include:
Mark's Urgent Message By Sean Freyne. N1196
The shortest and oldest Gospel is a dramatic masterpiece that
cries out for a personal response from the reader or listener.
Without infancy or resurrection narratives, the author of the
Gospel focuses on the adult Jesus and how the people around him
respond to and often misunderstand his message.
Matthew's Gospel: A Community Effort By John Wijngaards.
solid, up-to-date introduction to the Gospel of Matthew explores
how the ancient Christian community in Antioch shaped the Gospel.
It also examines the authorship, structure and theological themes.
Luke's Gospel: Like Entering a Painting By Eugene LaVerdiere,
This overview of the Gospel of Luke likens the Gospel author to
a great artist. "He painted with words on the canvas of the Christian
imagination," writes Scripture scholar Eugene LaVerdiere. "Luke
was a great storyteller. We see it in the Gospel as a whole and
in each of its stories."
John's Jesus Story: 'Come and See' By Virginia Smith.
Smith introduces the spiritual and theological themes of the Fourth
Gospel...the wonderful world of colorful characters, picturesque
phrasing and tantalizing themes quite unlike any other biblical
writings. The Gospel invites the reader to "come and see" Jesus
and become a committed disciple.
For a six-week course, add:
the Synoptic Gospels: Mark and His Careful Readers By
Steve Mueller. N0100
If you've ever wondered why the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke
are in some ways so similar and in other ways so different, this
issue will provide some real eye-openers for you. Mueller's explanations
are vital to an accurate grasp of just what the Gospels are and
how they are intended to be understood.
The Passion of Jesus By Ronald D. Witherup, S.S.
events surrounding the death of Jesus were of such significance
to his early followers that some writers speak of the Gospels
having almost been written backward. Jesus' public life was explored
in an effort to find meaning in his death. All four evangelists
approach the topic somewhat differently, as Father Witherup demonstrates,
depending in part upon the audience for whom they wrote.
an eight-week course, add:
Christmas Stories: Exploring the Gospel Infancy Narratives
By Raymond E. Brown, S.S. N1294
America's foremost Scripture scholar and the author of The
Birth of the Messiah, Brown explores the theological and spiritual
meanings of the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke.
Resurrection Stories: Catching the Light of God's Love
By Hilarion Kistner, O.F.M. N0394
in the Resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith and the heart
of the Good News. "The story of the Resurrection is told in all
four Gospels, but all of the writers choose different ways to
express the inexpressible, catching the light of the Resurrection
and throwing it out to the world in a rainbow of God's love,"