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.

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1x2hr lecture, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd research essay 1 (40%), 1x2000wd research essay 2 (40%), 1xequivalent to 500wds short tutorial presentation (10%), tutorial participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points including at least 6 from (BBCL1001 or BBCL1002 or HBRW1111 or HBRW1112 or HBRW2631 or HBRW2632 or RLST1002) and 6 from Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Ancient History, History, English, Studies in Religion or Arabic Studies



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