NT201 – Jesus and the Gospels

NT201 is a core unit in the Diploma awards taught by the Timothy Partnership.


NT201 is an academic unit taught online throughout the semester. It requires 7 hours of study per week, which includes:

  • Listening to the specially developed audio material
  • Reading the course notes and set readings
  • Interacting with online tutors and fellow students through the online forums
  • Reflecting on what you have learned
  • Completing written assessment tasks
  • Studying and preparing for the exam

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students should be able to:

(a) Describe the historical, socio-cultural, religious and political setting of first-century Palestine as the context of Jesus’ life and ministry.

(b) Identify both the distinctive features of the four gospels and also the interrelationships between them

(c) Sketch the identity and life of Jesus, with an emphasis on his designations and titles, as well as the passion and resurrection narratives.

(d) Outline the message and ministry of Jesus as found in his emphasis on the Kingdom of God, use of parables, ethical teaching and miracles.

(e) Make comments on the significance of Jesus and the Gospels for contemporary life and ministry.


Jesus’ life and ministry, with special reference to the following:

(a) Context and setting: The historical, socio-cultural, religious and political setting of first century Palestine

(b) One Gospel and four Gospels:
i. A detailed study of one or more gospels
ii. Distinctive features of the Gospels
iii. The interrelationship of the Gospels

(c) The identity and life of Jesus:
i. The designations and titles of Jesus
ii. The passion and resurrection narratives

(d) The message and ministry of Jesus:
i. The Kingdom of God in the proclamation of Jesus
ii. The significance and interpretation of the parables
iii. The ethics of Jesus, including the Sermon on the Mount
iv. The miracles of Jesus and their significance

(e) Reflection (through a-d) on the significance of Jesus Christ for contemporary life and ministry

This unit is the first half of a survey of the entire New Testament. It examines the narrative of the Old Testament from creating in Genesis through to the Exile of Judah at the end of 2 Kings.