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DR2559: EARLIEST PORTRAITS OF JESUS (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:35


Course Overview

Early portraits of Jesus are found both inside and outside the New Testament. This course introduces the four canonical gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – and gives the opportunity for detailed study especially of the Gospel of Matthew. But it also introduces several of the later gospels, which were never included in the New Testament but which enjoyed widespread popularity within some groups. Beside detailed exegesis, the theological issues of early Christian orthodoxy and orthopraxy will be treated, as well as recently raised questions of lost Christianities and Scriptures. This course is essential in understanding early Christianity. Course guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Tomas Bokedal

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course introduces the four New Testament Gospels, and explores each of their distinctive portraits of Jesus' life and teaching, highlighting their particular characteristics. The literary relationship between the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) will be explored, as well as a comparison with the very different portrait presented in John. Selected Gospel passages will be studied in detail. The course also introduces some of the surviving, later, non-canonical gospels (eg the Gospel of Thomas), which enjoyed popularity within some groups, and it explores why they were not included in the New Testament.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

48 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%) and continuous assessment, 2,000 word essay (40%).
Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).
Admission to the exam depends on the submission of all coursework and each item's assessment at CAS 6 or above.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Comments on the essays will be provided to students.

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