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'Synoptic' Gospels studied at Thursday Forum

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2015-01-22 14:18:56 - General

Miera Kensky
Meira Kensky
Assistant Professor of Religion

Coe College's Thursday Forum studies the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke in the opening series of 2015.

Having taken a close look at the Gospel of John in a previous Thursday Forum, Religion Professor Meira Kensky will take a step back and study the three "Synoptic" Gospels beginning Feb. 5.

Why is there so much overlap between these three Gospels, and yet crucial variations? How can we account for both the similarity and the difference? What can we learn from examining the unique editorial perspectives of each author?

The first session will provide an overview and introduction to this genre of literature, its unique features, and talk about why it might have emerged at this particular time in early Christian history. Participants will then spend time with the Gospel of Mark, the earliest Gospel, and Mark's particular answer to the question of the identity of Jesus.

In the second session, Kensky will discuss the hypothesized "Q" source, the potential other written source that Matthew and Luke had access to besides Mark, and think about the evidence for and against this hypothesis. The final two sessions will focus on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, concluding with thoughts about these three interrelated Gospels and what they can teach us about the emerging Christian movement.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $30 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels: Mark, Matthew and Luke" - Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26.
  • "A Brief History of Money: From Athens to Auschwitz" - March 5, 12, 19, 26.
  • "Charles de Gaulle and 20th Century France" - April 2, 9, 16, 23.

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