The Jewish Jesus and the Divine Christ

Saturday 07 Mar - Saturday 04 Apr 2020 (11:00am - 4:00pm)
Published on 15 Aug 2019

This is a series of 3 study days.

The first part of the course will examine how Jesus fits into the Jewish and political world of Roman Palestine and how he understood himself and his mission in that context.  (He seems to have directed his mission only to Jews and not to Gentiles: why?  How did he view his death?)  These questions have been extensively studied in recent ‘Life of Jesus Research’, sometimes in a very sceptical way.  What can we say about his self-understanding?  

The second part will consider how his self-interpretation was elaborated and amplified in the Church’s teaching that this particular man should be understood as the incarnation of God’s Word.  Is the idea of someone who is ‘divine’ and human’ credible?  When you focus on Jesus the Galilean Jew, does this undermine belief in him as the divine Son of God?  Or does it ‘flesh out’ what Incarnation really might mean?

Session 1: How did Jesus understand himself? Ben Meyer and N. T. Wright (March 7, 2020)

Session 2: The Galilean Jesus: Sean Freyne and J. D. Crossan (March 14, 2020)

Session 3: Jesus: Divine and Human?  (April 4, 2020)

Course Details


Mount Street Jesuit Centre
114 Mount street
W1K 3AH London


7th March 2020 to 4th April 2020


Suggested donation

Thirty pounds per day

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