Synoptic tradition and Q studies

Course Information
TitleΣΠΟΥΔΗ ΣΤΗ ΣΥΝΟΠΤΙΚΗ ΠΑΡΑΔΟΣΗ ΚΑΙ ΣΤΗΝ Q. / Synoptic tradition and Q studies
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorAikaterini Tsalampouni
Course ID60005027

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Theology diploma or diploma of other university school
Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of the course the students: (a) will have acquired a critical and in depth knowledge of the Synoptic Gospels and the they will be able to describe coherently and clearly the problems that are related to them as well as to suggest solutions (b) will be able to to distinguish among the various sources of the Synoptics and to explain their interrelation (c) will be able to discern the particular theological themers and motifs of the three Synoptic Gospels and to explain their role withing the narrative structure of the plot of each Gospel (d) will be able to compare the various synoptic texts and to trace similarities and differences among them and to deal critically with theological and historical factors that led to them.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course deals with the Synoptic tradition and so-called “Spruchquelle” (Q) as well as with the individual sources of all three Synoptics and their possible interrelations. Moreover, the following topics will be discussed in the course: (1) the synoptic problem and the various solutions that have been proposed from antiquity onwards Ι, (2) the synoptic problem and the various solutions that have been proposed from antiquity onwards ΙΙ, (3) the oral and written sources of the Synoptic Gospels (Lord, Bailey, Dunn), (4) the oral and written sources of the Synoptic Gospels (Bryskog, LeDonn),(5) Q and its significance in the Early Church, (6) Q and the Gospel of Thomas (7) the literary and theological interdependence and interactions among the three gospels, (8) Mark and its sources, (9) the individual material of Matthew and Luke, (10) theological themes and motifs of the Synoptics and their role and place within their narrative structure I, (11) (11) θεολογικά θέματα και μοτίβα κι η θέση τους μέσα στην αφηγηματική δομή των τριών συνοπτικών ΙI, (12) the Passion narrative, and (13) the probable relation between the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John.
New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, research history, New Testament theology, redaction history, orality
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
  • Conference / colloquia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of audio-visual tools in the process of teaching (especially powerpoint and video clips) Supplementary material, additional data and exercises / tests on Moodle Use of audio-visual material on the web Communication and research counseling through e-mails and skype
Course Organization
Reading Assigment70
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities
Written assigments70
Interactive teaching through the use of questionnaires
Student Assessment
- Oral presentation of a representative study on the synoptic problem (30% of the final grade). The presentation must conform to the rules of an oral presentation as these are described in the document uploaded on the webpage of the course on blackboard - Participation in the course meetings and preparation of the assigned material (20% of the final grade) - Written assignment on a topic related to the course. The topics will be announced on the webpage on moodle. The written assignment must conform to the rules of a written essay as they are described in the document that will be uploaded on the webpage on moodle(50% of the final grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Ι. Καραβιδόπουλου, Εισαγωγή στην Καινή Διαθήκη (ΒΒ 1), Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 32007 • Π. Βασιλειάδη, Τα Λόγια του Ιησού. Το αρχαιότερο ευαγγέλιο, Άρτος Ζωής, Αθήνα 2005 • John S. Verbin, Excavating Q: the history and setting of the sayings gospel, 2000 • G. Theißen, Die Erforschung der synoptischen Tradition seit R. Bultmann: ein Überblick über die formgeschichtliche Arbeit im 20. Jahrhundert, 1995 • R. Bultmann, Die Geschichte der synoptischen Tradition, 101995 • M. Goodacre, The Synoptic Problem: a Way through the Maze, T & T Clark, London/New York 2001 • S. Byrskog, History as Story and Story as History: The Gospel Tradition in the Context of Ancient Oral History, Brill, 2002 • Tom Thatcher, Jesus, the Voice, and the Text. Beyond the Oral and the Written Gospel, Baylor Univ. Press, 2008 • Kurt Aland, εκδ.., Synopsis Quattuor Evangeliorum: Locis parallelis evangeliorum apocryphorm et patrum adhibitis edidit, Württembergische Bibelanstalt Stuttgart, Stuttgart 1964 • B. H. Streeter, The Four Gospels: A Study of Origins, Macmillan, London 1924 • James M. Robinson et al., The Critical Edition of Q, Fortress, Minneapolis 2000 • Synoptic Problem Website: • Mark Goodacre, NT Website, Synoptic Problem and Q:
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