MIDEAST 238 - The Historical Jesus in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Studies (MIDEAST)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Everybody thinks they know Jesus, but who was he, really? What did he do? Who did he claim to be? What kind of a Jew was he? How did he become the founder of a new religion? The course focuses on the Jewish religious leader and messianic claimant, and founder of the Christian movement, Jesus of Nazareth (Jesus son of Joseph, Joshua bar-Yosef, Isa), as an historical character. By examining all extant historical sources (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic), the course offers a critical reconstruction of the major stages of the life and deeds of the prophet from Nazareth, from his birth under Herod the Great to his death and crucifixion under Pontius Pilate, within the diverse world of Second Temple Judaism. In particular, the course explores the ever-changing interpretations of Jesus in modern and contemporary Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to the present.

Course Requirements:

The course grade will be based upon daily assignments and attendance; two midterms, a paper and a final exam.

Intended Audience:

Christians, Jews, Muslims, atheists; all students with an interest in understanding the importance of the figure of Jesus in contemporary discourse.

Class Format:

The lecture portion of this course will be fully online, but students must be available for class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm. Students should be also available for their discussion section at the assigned times.


MIDEAST 238 - The Historical Jesus in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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