Synoptic Gospels: How to Read and Understand Matthew, Mark, and Luke

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Synoptic Gospels: How to Read and Understand Matthew, Mark, and Luke

  • St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary
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Viewed together, the synoptic gospels tell one of the greatest stories ever written. In this brilliantly taught course, you will gain a profound understanding of Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

Derived from the Greek work synopsis (“summary”), the term “synoptic” refers to the first three New Testament books, which record many of the same events and parables. The “synoptic problem,” or the speculation around the exact literary relationship among the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, remains one of the most fascinating topics in literary history.

As with any literary work, you have to study the context out of which the gospels emerged to arrive at a fuller understanding of the stories they tell. In Synoptic Gospels: How to Read and Understand Matthew, Mark, and Luke, a comprehensive audio course, Fr. William Burton, O.F.M., breaks down the first three gospels for an astute audience. Carefully situating each in its historical and cultural context,Fr. Burton gives you fresh insights into the similarities and differences across their accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry.

Under his guidance, you will dissect the chronology and authorship of the gospels, the religious milieus in which the evangelists wrote, and issues of translation. By way of conclusion, you will ask why the fourth gospel, John, marks such a radical departure from the earlier three.

Unravel the mysteries of the Gospels and gain new insights into Christ’s mission as you embark on this engaging exploration of how the synoptic gospels came into being.


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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introduction: Context is Everything
  • Historic and Linguistic Contexts
  • Problems with Ancient Manuscripts
  • Why Did They Write?
  • How Do We Know What We Know?
  • Judaism at the Time of Jesus?
  • Sects of Judaism at the Time of Jesus
  • Pharisaic Ritual Purity
  • Ritual Purity and its Contagious Nature
  • The Hellenistic World of Jesus
  • The Origins of the Gospels
  • Stories of Jesus Are Told and Retold
  • The Priority of Mark
  • Important Themes in Mark
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • Parables From Luke
  • Meals in Luke
  • Geography in Luke
  • Persecution & Prayer in Luke & Acts
  • How John Differs From the Scriptures
About Your Presenter

Fr. William L. Burton, O.F.M., SSL, STD, is a celebrated teacher and biblical studies expert. He received a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome, a Master of Divinity and an M.A. in Theology from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, a Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and a Master in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University, Chicago.

A Franciscan priest of the Sacred Heart Province, Fr. Burton is currently a Professor of Scripture and Spiritual Director at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, where he teaches graduate courses in biblical studies. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in biblical studies at Quincy University and undergraduate courses at DePaul University. 

Fr. William Burton has also guided and taught hundreds of students and pilgrims throughout the Holy Land, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and Italy. He has published many articles in The Bible Today and elsewhere, and has recorded Bible-study DVDs for Paraclete Press and Franciscan Media: The Biblicist Series: An Introduction to the Bible and Demystifying the Book of Revelation.  

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