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Religious Studies (RL ST)

RL ST 121 (GH;IL) (CAMS 121, J ST 112) Jesus the Jew (3) A historical critical examination of the life of Jesus of Nazareth within the content of first century Palestinian Judaism.

RL ST 121 (J ST 112/CAMS 121) Jesus the Jew (3)

(BA This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course offers a historical and critical examination of the life of Jesus within the context of first century Palestinian Judaism. Major emphases will include the historical, social, religious, political, and cultural contexts of Jesus’s emergence, including important precursors and Jesus’s biography; the political, institutional, and cultural history of Jesus’s teachings in the aftermath of his death, with attention paid to variant or alternative traditions and to the mechanisms of normalization; the emergence and history of the early church; and critical analysis of key areas of differentiation between Jesus’s teachings and dominant forms of religious practice at the time. Attention will also be paid to how contemporary religious traditions today imagine Jesus.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2015

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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