ACABS 221 - Jesus and the Gospels
Section: 101
Term: SP 2009
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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Jesus son of Joseph (Yeshua bar-Yosef), putative founder of Christianity, is arguably the most well-known figure in human history, and yet he remains a decidedly frustrating enigma, a shadow that seemingly cannot be grasped with any certainty. Who was this Jew from Nazareth? With whom did he associate? What did he really accomplish, and how did he think? Did he even exist, or was he simply a figment of early Christian imagination? Questions like these have inspired numerous and divergent answers, and the resulting number of Jesus images is nearly proportional to the number of people imagining Jesus. This course will enter the fray, so to speak, introducing students to the academic quest for Jesus, with a particular focus on Jesus as both a literary and historical character. We will examine a broad and diverse range of ancient sources — Jewish, Christian, and Pagan — that attest to Jesus, especially the many gospels (canonical and non-canonical) that purportedly preserve his teachings or tell his story. In the process of our historical investigation, we will also consider the ongoing development of Jesus’ image in the modern world, including the many fascinating depictions of Jesus in cinema (e.g., Jesus Christ Superstar, Jesus of Montreal, The Last Temptation of Christ, etc.) and contemporary scholarship.

ACABS 221 - Jesus and the Gospels
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101 (LEC)
TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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