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    Otterbein University
  Feb 19, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

RELG 3200 - Life and Teachings of Jesus

Hours: 4
A study of the ancient communities of faith that describe the earthly life of Jesus. This course seeks to identify the distinctive raw materials that the gospel writers used in their stories and to investigate both the social context and the political history that are reflected in each gospel. The Gospel of Thomas and other extra-canonical gospels such as the Gospel of Mary and Gospel of Judas will also be considered. A distinction between the historical Jesus and the Christ of faith will be central to the discussion. Topics of study include biblical scholarship, historical concerns and theological interpretations surrounding the figure of Jesus, and modern challenges to traditional religious faith and practice.
Notes: This course may be used as a substitute for the INST Reflection and Responsibility requirement.