ACABS 221 - Jesus and the Gospels
Section: 101
Term: SP 2010
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
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This course deals with the historical Jesus, that Jew who has left such an impact upon Western civilization. We will also investigate the ways in which Gospel literature has shaped the image of Jesus. The task before us is twofold then. First we will try to understand the personality of Jesus, the Jew, who lived with his Jewish compatriots in Palestine during the first century under Roman occupation. Instead of asking, "What would Jesus do?", we will devote our attention to questions such as: What did Jesus do? What did he teach? What did he believe? What kind of Jew was he, a Pharisee, a Sadducee, an Essene? Was he married? Did he think he was the messiah, the son of God? What killed Jesus? In addition, we will try to appreciate each Gospel's contribution (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Thomas) to the portrayal of Jesus in early Christianity. This will require analyzing each Gospel's historical-geographical setting, audience, authorship, theological purpose, and comparing the Gospel literature with other Jewish writings from the period. Special use will be made of selected clips from modern movies on Jesus in order to highlight some of the historical and literary problems we will encounter in our close reading of these ancient texts.

ACABS 221 - Jesus and the Gospels
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101 (LEC)
TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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ISBN: 0687021677
The historical Jesus : an essential guide, Author: Charlesworth, James H., Publisher: Abingdon Press 2008
ISBN: 0802825877
The sage from Galilee rediscovering Jesus' Genius, Author: Flusser, David (1917-2000), Publisher: Eerdmans 2007
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