The Jewish Jesus and the Divine Christ #1
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)