COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
REL 216 - THE LIFE
AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS (3 CR.)
Studies the major themes
in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Gospels and examines
the events of his life in the light of modern biblical and historical scholarship.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
To introduce students
to the questions concerning the historical and the historic Jesus. To help
students understand and appreciate the applications of historical critical
methods and critical philosophical-theological methods in determining what
the historical Jesus did and taught in his lifetime.
ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
At the completion of
this course students will be able to
MAJOR ELEMENTS OF CONTENT
Give an argument for and
construct a list of the events of the life of the historical Jesus which
are highly probable and historically and critically verifiable.
Trace the main lines of
the teachings of the historical Jesus and show how it is similar to and
how it differs from the traditional teachings of the Judaism of his time
and the teachings of the earliest Christian communities.
critically, and philosophically the central teachings of the historical
Jesus in the Parables as recounted in the Synoptic Gospels and the Gnostic
Gospel of Thomas.
Reconstruct and critically
interpret the central petitions of the prayer of Jesus as they were probably
given by the historical Jesus to his disciples.
The following topics
will be considered.
The distinction between
the historical Jesus and the Christ of Faith.
The place of Jesus among
The relation between the
historical Jesus and the interpretation of his life and teachings by his
The parable as the central
form of the teaching of the historical Jesus.