Historical Jesus to Written Gospels (BBCL2609)


This unit examines the relationship between the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth and the literary-theological achievement of the early Christian Gospels (including non-canonical Gospels). Students are encouraged to apply rigorous historical method and careful literary analysis in order to gain a nuanced understanding of how the leader of a Jewish renewal movement became the object of devotion in earliest Christianity. The unit will read Biblical texts in English translation.

Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd Research essay (40%), 1x Tutorial presentation and 1000wd paper (25%), 1x1.5hr exam (35%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points including at least 6 from (BBCL1001 or BBCL1002 or HBRW1111 or HBRW1112 or HBRW2631 or HBRW2632) and 6 from (Hebrew, or Biblical and Jewish Studies, or Ancient History, or History, or English, or Studies in Religion, or Arabic Studies)



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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.