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COURSE TITLE: God in Flesh and Blood: Jesus Christ in Scripture and Confession
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Stephen Martin
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of Jesus' life, teachings and ministry in the social, cultural and political context of first century Palestine, and of the gospels as witnesses to the theological significance of Jesus as God's Messiah. Special attention will be paid to recent assessments of Jesus by the "Jesus Seminar" and by others in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The course will also explore the contemporary relevance of Jesus' mission, death and resurrection.

Prerequisites: THEO 250
  • The Bible. You are expected to bring a Bible to class. A good study Bible is essential for theology courses. The NIV Study Bible and The New Interpreters Study Bible are recommended. Both are available in the bookstore. The translation used in the lectures is the New Revised Standard Version. Either the NRSV or the NIV may to be used in written assignments, and must be properly referenced. See the instructor if you are
    unsure about how to do this.
  • Yoder Neufeld, Thomas R. Recovering Jesus: The Witness of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2007. Available in the bookstore.
  • Watson, Francis. The Fourfold Gospel: A Theological Reading of the New Testament Portraits of Jesus. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. Available in the bookstore.  
Reading quizzes 15%
Reading questions5%
From Jesus to Christ Exercise5%
Gospel Exercise5%
Book Report15%
Essay 25%
Final Exam 30%
  1. To orient students to the key issues in the debate around the historical Jesus and his relation to the Jesus Christ of the creeds.
  2. To introduce students to the scholarly study of the gospels as primary witnesses to Jesus Christ, especially issues concerning their genre and development.
  3. To identify key ways the meaning of Jesus Christ was developed within the New Testament and in the early church.
  4. To encourage students to raise the question of the meaning of Jesus Christ for their own scholarship and sense of vocation in the world. 
  • Jan 5:   Introduction 
  • Jan 10, 12:  Is there one, true Jesus? Yoder-Neufeld (YN) ch. 1.
  • Jan 17:  Jesus traditions  YN ch. 2.
  • Jan 24, 26:  The gospels  YN ch. 3.
  • Jan 31, Feb 2: Jesus’ world  YN ch. 4; 2 Sam 7; Isa 9, 35, 49-53.
  • Feb 7, 9:  Jesus’ birth YN ch. 5; Matt 1-2; Luke 1-2; John 1-2.
  • Apr 11, 13:  Jesus and the one true God  YN ch. 13; Isa 42-48; Phil 2; Rev 22.
  • Apr 18:  Conclusion
  • Feb 14, 16:  The nature of the kingdom of God  YN ch. 6; Daniel 2, 7, 9, 12; Matt 24; Luke 21; John 3-4.
  • Feb 28, Mar 2: Announcing the kingdom of God  YN ch. 7; Matt 3-4; Luke 3-4; John 5-7.
  • Mar 7, 9:  Teaching the kingdom of God  YN ch. 8; Matt 13; 21-22; 25; Luke 10; 13-16; John 8-9.
  • Mar 14, 16:  Enacting the kingdom of God  YN ch. 9; Matt 8; 11-12; Luke 8; 11-13; John 10-11.
  • Mar 21, 23:  Living the kingdom of God  YN ch. 10; Matt 5-7; Luke 5-7; John 12-13.
  • Mar 28, 30:  The death of Jesus  YN ch. 11; Matt 26, 27; Luke 22, 23; John 14-19.
  • Apr 4, 6:  The resurrection of Jesus  YN ch. 12; Matt 28; Luke 24; John 20, 21.
  • Apr 11, 13:  Jesus and the one true God  YN ch. 13; Isa 42-48; Phil 2; Rev 22.
  • Apr 18:  Conclusion

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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