"The Son of God, by becoming flesh, summoned us to the revolution of tenderness."
---Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 88.
Welcome to the web page that accompanies the graduate course entitled "Sacred Scripture (SS) 525, Synoptic Gospels." We will spend the semester not only studying and comparing the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke but also, more importantly, encountering Jesus anew in the written Word. My hope and prayer is that this semester will benefit you both intellectually and spiritually, and equip you to follow Jesus better and thus to be better able to effectively and kindly invite others to an encounter with him.
Above is a portrait of St. Jerome in his study. He is a fitting patron for our studies. He translated the Bible from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek into Latin (this work included revising an older Latin translation). The result was the historic Latin Bible known as the Vulgate which is written in an easily understandable Latin style.
The motto for this class is also the motto of the Jesuits: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam--For the Greater Glory of God, which is abbreviated A.M.D.G.
You will find various resources on this website--most importantly the syllabus and the formats for your exegesis papers.
Oswald Sobrino, J.D., M.A., Adjunct Instructor
There is a companion site devoted to an undergraduate Introduction to Scripture course at this link:
https://sites.google.com/site/sobrinointrotosacredscripture/# ; and there is also a companion site devoted to an undergraduate Intro. to Paul & Catholic Letters course at this link: https://sites.google.com/site/introtopaulcatholicletters/# .
(Photo above is of the instructor at the Arch of Titus, Rome, between the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.)