REL2032

The Life and Teachings of Jesus

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The course presents a survey of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as presented in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), including historical, political, social, and religious context.

 

UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:

  • Describing key elements of the Greco-Roman backgrounds of the New Testament, including Roman presence and influence during the life of Jesus.
  • Identifying religious and political parties in first century Judaism, including the Zealots, the Herodians, the Essenes, and the Sanhedrin.
  • Discussing the themes and purposes of the four Gospels.
  • Discussing the pre-existent state of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God and the concept of Incarnation.
  • Correlating the two genealogies in Matthew and Luke.
  • Comparing and explaining variations among Gospel parallels.
  • Discussing the birth and childhood of both Jesus and John the Baptist.
  • Describing the prophetic ministry of John the Baptist and its correlation with the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus, including his baptism.
  • Grappling with the meaning and implications of the stories of Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the wilderness.
  • Analyzing unique encounters with people, such as the woman at the well of Sychar.
  • Tracing the three stages of the great Galilean ministry of Jesus.
  • Tracing the later Judean Ministry, the Perean Ministry, and the last public ministry of Jesus in Jerusalem.
  • Describing the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial of Jesus.
  • Describing the resurrection, numerous appearances, and the ascension of Christ.
  • Understanding the substance and meaning of select parables of Jesus.
  • Discussing the Sermon on the Mount with special attention to the Beatitudes, the influence and responsibility of discipleship, the meaning of prayer, and the Golden Rule.
  • Discussing the purpose and value of the signs and miracles of Jesus.
  • Discussing the broad implications of the ministry of Jesus and the gospel message to the nations of the world.
  • Discussing the purpose and value of the signs and miracles Jesus performed.
  • Discussing the broad implications of the ministry of Jesus and the gospel message to the nations of the world.