Course Number: SAS 451 Undergraduate

Course Title: Introduction to The Synoptic Gospels  

 

Professor 

Fr. Randy Soto, SThD email: rsoto@holyapostles.edu

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Gospels are the heart of all the Scriptures because they are our principal source for the life and teaching of the

Incarnate Word, our Savior. This course on the Synoptic Gospels introduces the stylistic and literary characteristics of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Students also will study the Synoptic Gospels' theological, spiritual, and historical background.  

II. ENVISIONED LEARNING GOALS AND OUTCOMES 

A. Sacred Scripture Concentration Goals 

  1. To enable students to understand biblical vocabulary and themes.
  2. To immerse students into biblical history.
  3. To enable students to interpret Sacred Scripture.

B. Sacred Scripture Concentration Outcomes 

  1. Students will employ various critical methods of interpreting Sacred Scripture.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret Sacred Scripture in keeping with the Tradition of the Church.

 

 

  1. COURSE PROCEDURES 
  1. The students will read the Dispense offered the Instructor and will prepare Lectio Divina Assignments and Catechetical session based on the Lectionary of the Mass. 
  2. The students will read the books: Elena Bosetti on the Gospels to meditate the Gospels using the Lectio Divina      Method.

                 Elena Bosetti, Mark: The risk of Believing (Boston: Pauline, 2006).

Elena Bosetti, Matthew: The journey toward Hope (Boston: Pauline, 2006). Elena Bosetti, Luke: The song of God’s Mercy (Boston: Pauline, 2006).

 

4. ASSIGNMENTS

Week 1

Week 2

Week 5

Mark 1:1-8

5-B

2nd Sunday of Advent

Mark 1:7-11

21-B

Sunday after Epiphany: Baptism of the Lord

Mark 1:12-15

23-B

1st Sunday of Lent

Mark 1:14-20

68-B

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 1:21-28

71-B

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 1:29-39

74-B

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 1:40-45

77-B

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 2:1-12

80-B

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 2:18-22

83-B

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 2:23—3:6 or 2:23-28

86-B

9th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 3:20-35

89-B

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 4:26-34

92-B

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 4:35-41

95-B

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35-43

98-B

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 6:1-6

101-B

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 6:7-13

104-B

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 6:30-34

107-B

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

125-B

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 7:31-37

128-B

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 8:27-35

131-B

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Week 6

Mark 9:2-10

26-B

2nd Sunday of Lent

Mark 9:30-37

134-B

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

137-B

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

140-B

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

143-B

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

146-B

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 10:46-52

149-B

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 11:1-10

37-B

Palm Sunday: Procession of Palms (opt. 1)

Mark 12:28b-34

152-B

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

155-B

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Week 7

e) author, f) date of composition; and g) addressees. Last slide must contain a bibliography of sources and images used.  

Mark 13:24-32

158-B

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 13:33-37

2-B

1st Sunday of Advent

Mark 14:1—15:47 or 15:1-39

38-B

Palm Sunday Mass

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

168-B

Sunday after Trinity Sun: Body & Blood of Christ

Mark 16:1-7

41-B

Easter Vigil

Mark 16:15-20

58-B

Ascension of the Lord

 

Week 8

Matt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25

13-ABC

Christmas: Vigil Mass

Matt 1:18-24

10-A

4th Sunday of Advent

Matt 2:1-12

20-ABC

The Epiphany of the Lord

Matt 2:13-15, 19-23

17-A

Sunday in Octave of Christmas: Holy Family

Matt 3:1-12

4-A

2nd Sunday of Advent

Matt 3:13-17

21-A

Sunday after Epiphany: Baptism of the Lord

Matt 4:1-11

22-A

1st Sunday of Lent

Matt 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

67-A

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 5:1-12a

70-A

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 5:13-16

73-A

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 3334a, 37

76-A

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 5:38-48

79-A

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 6:24-34

82-A

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 7:21-27

85-A

9th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Week 9

Matt 9:9-13

88-A

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 9:36—10:8

91-A

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 10:26-33

94-A

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 10:37-42

97-A

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 11:2-11

7-A

3rd Sunday of Advent

Matt 11:25-30

100-A

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 11:25-30

170-A

Friday after 2nd Sun after Pentecost: Sacred Heart

Matt 13:1-23 or 13:1-9

103-A

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 13:24-43 or 13:24-30

106-A

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

109-A

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 14:13-21

112-A

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 14:22-33

115-A

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 15:21-28

118-A

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 16:13-20

121-A

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 16:21-27

124-A

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 17:1-9

25-A

2nd Sunday of Lent

Matt 18:15-20

127-A

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 18:21-35

130-A

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Week 10

Matt 20:1-16a

133-A

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 21:1-11

37-A

Palm Sunday: Procession of Palms  

Matt 21:28-32

136-A

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 21:33-43

139-A

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

142-A

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 22:15-21

145-A

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 22:34-40

148-A

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 23:1-12

151-A

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 24:37-44

1-A

1st Sunday of Advent

Matt 25:1-13

154-A

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 25:14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21

157-A

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matt 25:31-46

160-A

34th Sunday in Ord. Time: Christ the King

Matt 26:14—27:66 or 27:11-54

38-A

Palm Sunday Mass

Matt 28:1-10

41-A

Easter Vigil

Matt 28:16-20

58-A

Ascension of the Lord

Matt 28:16-20

165-B

Sunday after Pentecost: Holy Trinity

 

Week 11

Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

69-C

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 1:26-38

11-B

4th Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:39-45

12-C

4th Sunday of Advent

Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54

8-B

3rd Sunday of Advent (resp.)

Luke 2:1-14

14-ABC

Christmas: Mass at Midnight

Luke 2:15-20

15-ABC

Christmas: Mass at Dawn

Luke 2:16-21

18-ABC

Jan. 1: Mary, Mother of God

Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

17-B

Sunday in Octave of Christmas: Holy Family

Luke 2:41-52

17-C

Sunday in Octave of Christmas: Holy Family

Luke 3:1-6

6-C

2nd Sunday of Advent

Luke 3:10-18

9-C

3rd Sunday of Advent

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

21-C

Sunday after Epiphany: Baptism of the Lord

Luke 4:1-13

24-C

1st Sunday of Lent

Luke 4:14-21 (with 1:1-4; see 69-C)

69-C

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 4:21-30

72-C

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 5:1-11

75-C

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:17, 20-26

78-C

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:27-38

81-C

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 6:39-45

84-C

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 7:1-10

87-C

9th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 7:11-17

90-C

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 7:36—8:3 or 7:36-50

93-C

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 9:11b-17

169-C

Sunday after Trinity Sun: Body & Blood of Christ

Luke 9:18-24

96-C

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 9:28b-36

27-C

2nd Sunday of Lent

Luke 9:51-62

99-C

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Week 12

Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 or 10:1-9

102-C

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 10:25-37

105-C

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 10:38-42

108-C

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 11:1-13

111-C

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 12:13-21

114-C

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 12:32-48 or 12:35-40

117-C

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 12:49-53

120-C

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 13:1-9

30-C

3rd Sunday of Lent

Luke 13:22-30

123-C

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 14:1, 7-14

126-C

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 14:25-33

129-C

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

33-C

4th Sunday of Lent

Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10

132-C

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 15:3-7

172-C

Friday after 2nd Sun after Pentecost: Sacred Heart

Luke 16:1-13 or 16:10-13

135-C

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 16:19-31

138-C

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Week 13

e) author, f) date of composition; and g) addressees. Last slide must contain a bibliography of sources and images used.  

Luke 17:5-10

141-C

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 17:11-19

144-C

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 18:1-8

147-C

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 18:9-14

150-C

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 19:1-10

153-C

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 19:28-40

37-C

Palm Sunday: Procession of Palms  

Luke 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38

156-C

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 21:5-19

159-C

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

3-C

1st Sunday of Advent

Luke 22:14—23:56 or 23:1-49

38-C

Palm Sunday Mass

Luke 23:35-43

162-C

34th Sunday in Ord. Time: Christ the King

Luke 24:1-12

41-C

Easter Vigil

Luke 24:13-35

42-ABC

Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord (opt. 2)

Luke 24:13-35

46-A

3rd Sunday of Easter

Luke 24:35-48

47-B

3rd Sunday of Easter

Luke 24:46-53

58-C

Ascension of the Lord

 

Week 14

Week 15

4. Grades

Week 1 = No percentage Week 2 = 5% essay on the videos 

Week 3 = 5% summary of both docs 

Week 4 = 5% summary of Verbum Domini Week 5 = 10% quiz on Catechism and Lectio. 

Week 6 = 5% Lectio 

Week 7 = 10% Power Point on Mark and Lectio 

Week 8 = 5% Lectio 

Week 9 = 5% Lectio 

Week 10 = 10% Power Point on Matthew and Lectio 

Week 11 = 5% Lectio 

Week 12 = 5% Lectio 

Week 13 = 10% Power Point on Luke and Lectio 

Week 14 =10% Essay on Road to Emmaus 

Week 15 = 10% Essay on the Christology of Mt, Mk, and Luke. 

 

All weeks have assignments to be posted on Populi; the percentage of each assignment is posted above. The grade is the sum of all the assignments.

5. SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

 

A. Gospel of Mark

B. Gospel of Matthew

C. Gospel of Luke & Acts of the Apostles

D. Search for the Historical Jesus:

E. New Testament Christology

F. Special Topics: The Parables; Infancy, Passion, & Resurrection Narratives

6. TEXT BOOKS

  1. Elena Bosetti, Mark: The risk of Believing (Boston: Pauline, 2006).
  2. Elena Bosetti, Matthew: The journey toward Hope (Boston: Pauline, 2006).
  3. Elena Bosetti, Luke: The song of God’s Mercy (Boston: Pauline, 2006).

7. EVALUATION 

(Basis of evaluation with explanation regarding the nature of the assignment and the percentage of the grade assigned to each item below). Students who have difficulty with research and composition are encouraged to pursue assistance with the Online Writing Lab (available at http://www.holyapostles.edu/owl).

GRADING SCALE:

A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 84-86; B- 80-83; C+ 77-79; C 74-76; C- 70-73 D 60-69; F 59 and below  

8. DISABILITIES ACCOMMODATIONS POLICY

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is committed to the goal of achieving equal educational opportunities and full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities who qualify for admission to the College. Students enrolled in online courses who have documented disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Bob Mish, the Director of Online Student Affairs, at rmish@holyapostles.edu or 860-632-3015. In all cases, reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to course materials in a mode in which they can receive them. Students who have technological limitations (e.g., slow Internet connection speeds in convents) are asked to notify their instructors the first week of class for alternative means of delivery.

9. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

Students at Holy Apostles College & Seminary are expected to practice academic honesty.

Avoiding Plagiarism

In its broadest sense, plagiarism is using someone else's work or ideas, presented or claimed as your own.  At this stage in your academic career, you should be fully conscious of what it means to plagiarize. This is an inherently unethical activity because it entails the uncredited use of someone else's expression of ideas for another's personal advancement; that is, it entails the use of a person merely as a means to another person’s ends. Students, where applicable: 

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty:

Because of the nature of this class, academic dishonesty is taken very seriously.  Students participating in academic dishonesty may be removed from the course and from the program.

10. ATTENDANCE POLICY

Even though you are not required to be logged in at any precise time or day, you are expected to login several times during each week. Because this class is being taught entirely in a technology-mediated forum, it is important to actively participate each week in the course. In a traditional classroom setting for a 3-credit course, students would be required, per the federal standards, to be in class three 50-minute sessions (or 2.5 hours a week) and prepare for class discussions six 50-minute sessions (or 5 hours) a week. Expect to devote at least nine 50-minute sessions (or 7.5 quality hours) a week to this course. A failure on the student’s part to actively participate in the life of the course may result in a reduction of the final grade. 

11. INCOMPLETE POLICY 

An Incomplete is a temporary grade assigned at the discretion of the faculty member. It is typically allowed in situations in which the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling, but has encountered extenuating circumstances, such as illness, that prevent his or her doing so prior to the last day of class.

To request an incomplete, distance-learning students must first download a copy of the Incomplete Request Form. This document is located within the Shared folder of the Files tab in Populi. Secondly, students must fill in any necessary information directly within the PDF document. Lastly, students must send their form to their professor via email for approval. “Approval” should be understood as the professor responding to the student’s email in favor of granting the “Incomplete” status of the student.

Students receiving an Incomplete must submit the missing course work by the end of the sixth week following the semester in which they were enrolled. An incomplete grade (I) automatically turns into the grade of “F” if the course work is not completed.

Students who have completed little or no work are ineligible for an incomplete. Students who feel they are in danger of failing the course due to an inability to complete course assignments should withdraw from the course.

A “W” (Withdrawal) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the first week of a semester to the end of the third week. A “WF” (Withdrawal/Fail) will appear on the student’s permanent record for any course dropped after the end of the third week of a semester and on or before the Friday before the last week of the

semester.

12. ABOUT YOUR PROFESSOR

Fr. Randy Soto is a Roman Catholic priest from San Jose, Costa Rica, currently serving as Professor of New Testament at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He completed his Sacred Theology Doctorate (SThD) in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian

University in Rome in 2003 and has since served as a parish pastor and Director of Faith Enculturation in the Archdiocese of San Jose, Professor of New Testament at the Instituto Ciencias Religiosas while in Toledo, Spain.