Course of Study 321:

Bible III: The Gospels and Acts (Winter '15)

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The above icons from the 9th–16th centuries represent the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John respectively). Photos of the images are courtesy of Rromir Imami. Imami has put together a wonderful collection of images with short explanations here.

Welcome to COS 321 (Winter 2015)

Welcome to the Course of Study 321 interactive syllabus. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the information on this page, and keep checking back for additional resources that will be added in the coming weeks.


Though there are multiple objectives to this course and the following New Testament course, the overall objective is that students would become more confident, careful, and creative readers and interpreters of scripture. The course aims to equip students with practices, tools, and theological reflection that open up the New Testament for effective preaching and teaching.


About the Instructor

Christopher T. Holmes
PhD Candidate, Emory University, Graduate Division of Religion


Chris is a PhD candidate in the New Testament course of study in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. Informed by the larger religious and cultural world out of which early Christianity emerged, Chris approaches the study and interpretation of the New Testament with attention to the literary and theological particularities of the New Testament compositions and their use in contemporary faith communities. His research interests include the varieties of Judaism in antiquity, religious experience in the ancient Mediterranean world, ancient literary and rhetorical theory, and the history of interpretation of the New Testament. Chris teaches both of the New Testament classes for Course of Study. He is an aspiring reader of fiction and poetry, a confounded (and tired) parent of two great kids, a recovering collegiate athlete, an experimenting cook, and an inconsistent viewer of college football and basketball. Since moving to Atlanta, he and his wife have come to love the seasonal festivals and local eateries. Chris is also a candidate for Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


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