This unit provides an introduction to the methodological, historical, theological and contextual issues at stake in scholarly reconstructions of the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Students will consider the significance of recent scholarship relating to social memory as a way of engaging with the history of New Testament scholarship. The unit will then explore seven or eight key issues in historical Jesus studies including: Jesus and prophetic eschatology/apocalyptic; Jesus and the Torah; Jesus’ self-understanding; the parables of Jesus; Jesus’ healings/exorcisms; Jesus and the temple/scribal elites; the reasons for Jesus’ death. Throughout, students will be invited to consider the potential impact of early memories of Jesus of Nazareth on contemporary Christian faith and practice.
Critically discuss a number of methodological, historical, theological and contextual issues relating to the historical study of Jesus of Nazareth
Interpret all relevant sources, and especially the synoptic gospels, in ways that elucidate the relationship between the sources and history
Articulate the insights of the most recent scholarship on the historical Jesus
Critically analyse one scholarly reconstruction of the historical Jesus.
Present a historical analysis of one main theme or topic related to the historical Jesus and its relation to contemporary Christian faith and practice
At least 30 points of Biblical Studies including 15 points of New Testament Study
Engagement with online learning materials, tasks and tutorial discussion
1500 word critical assessment of one scholarly reconstruction of the historical Jesus
3000 word essay on a theme or topic related to the historical Jesus and its relation to contemporary Christian faith and practice
Online Tutorial Participation (500 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2014
Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-01 12:32:23 +1100