20 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: No


Aims/Description: The course will consider the early evidence for Jesus as represented and interpreted in the four so-called ¿canonical¿ gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), apocryphal gospels, and a hypothetical ¿sayings gospel¿ known as Q. We will query what these texts and others can tell us about the emerging community of early Jesus worshippers, including disciples, apostles, and ordinary people. We will also engage critically with the writings of New Testament scholars who are trying to uncover more about the historical person of Jesus and how Christianity began to emerge in the first three centuries of the common era.

Restrictions on availability: No

Staff Contact: Sally Weston
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Project work, Project: 1500 words or equvalent in visual/audio media including 600 words self analysis. Other: Final project proposal 500 words

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