Life of Jesus

Mark Jennings
Instructor: Mark Jennings
Code: NT503-I
Section: SEML
Location: Online
Schedule: Online
Dates: Jan 25–May 7

Course Description

Life of Jesus (NT503) offers study of the complementary portraits of Jesus in the four gospels to determine the events of his life, the content of his message, and his understanding of his own person and mission.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. Recognize and differentiate between the different views about Jesus within modern Jesus Scholarship
  2. Articulate the arguments for the historicity of the Gospels’ depiction of the life of Jesus.
  3. Explain the character and nature of the gospel genre
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the major subjects of Jesus’ life and teaching, especially the significance of Christological titles, kingdom of God, and Jesus’ messianic self-consciousness
  5. Distinguish between the different portraits of who Jesus is as presented in the four Gospels
  6. Extrapolate the significance of the life of Jesus both for the life of the church and for the life of the believer

Weekly Lessons

Over 15 weeks, you will cover the following topics and lessons:

Module A: Introduction

  • Week 1: King of Kings

    Module B: Modern Views of Jesus

    • Week 2: Jesus Quests

    Module C: The Gospels Themselves

    • Week 3: Gospels as History
    • Week 4: Exam 1

    Module D: Jesus: His Life, Ministry

    • Week 5: Infancy and Childhood
    • Week 6: Baptism and Temptation
    • Week 7: Key Aspects of Jesus’ Ministry (Part 1)
    • Week 8: Key Aspects of Jesus’ Ministry (Part 2)
    • Week 9: Parables and the Kingdom of God

    Module E: Jesus: His Death and Resurrection

    • Week 10: Western Holy Week, no course requirements
    • Week 11: Last Days in Jerusalem
    • Week 12: The Passion
    • Week 13: Exam 2

    Module F: Further Considerations

    • Weeks 14-15: Christology; Presentations from Small Groups

    Reading List

    1. A Bible. Read Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
      **If using an English Bible, either the English Standard Version or the New Revised Standard Versions are recommended. Not recommended are the King James or New King James versions. Paraphrases are not allowed (such as The Message or The Living Bible). Either the ESV Study Bible (ISBN# 978-1433530838) or the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture edited by Keener and Walton (ISBN# 978-0310431589) are worth having for the notes.**
    2. Craig S. Keener. The Historical Jesus of the Gospels. (Eerdmans, 2009). ISBN-13: 9780802868886

Apply by January 15th

Accepting applications for Spring 2021 degree programs through December 15, 2020. Applications for individual courses accepted through January 15, 2021.
Detailed Application Dates & Deadlines


The following tuition rates are for new students enrolling (without a declared degree) in one of our online courses.

*Tuition rates for students enrolled in a declared degree program may vary by campus. See tuition & fees for more information.


$ 350

No Additional Student Service Fees

Best for: Personal Enrichment

Participation: Auditors are restricted to non-participating member status in classes. In other words, auditors may not:

  • Participate in class discussion (except as authorized by the instructor according to the terms included in the course syllabus)
  • Submit written work
  • Sit for exams for the purpose of receiving an evaluation.

Credit/Grading: Auditors do not receive graduate credit nor a grade. Your Gordon-Conwell transcripts will note "AU" in place of a grade reflecting that you audited a course.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • No additional materials required.

Special Non-Degree Student

$ 1650

24% Discount off standard tuition; Student service fees apply.

Best for: Students who desire structured feedback or anticipate enrolling in a future degree program.

Participation: Special Non-Degree Students are fully enrolled students expected to participate in all elements of a course as outlined in the course syllabus.

Credit/Grading: Your Gordon-Conwell transcript will reflect a letter grade, and course credit may be applied toward a future degree program. If you are new to graduate-level coursework and nervous about grading, you may elect to take the course for Pass/Fail. Rather than receive a grade, your transcript will only reflect whether or not you received a passing grade. Degree programs allow a limited number of pass/fail courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • Undergraduate transcript(s).
  • Reference required if undergradute GPA is under 3.0.

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