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DR252E: JESUS IN HISTORY AND CULTURE (2017-2018)

Last modified: 19 Sep 2017 10:57


Course Overview

This module will examine the representations of Jesus that are found in the four canonical gospels as well as in a selection of non-canonical (apocryphal) gospels. By evaluating the evidence of such witnesses and reading this against the social and cultural backdrop of first century Palestine, the module will consider the question of what "the Historical Jesus" was really like and how this figure relates both to the theological traditions of the church and to popular reworkings of the gospel stories through the centuries. It will be of interest both to Theology and Religion students

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Katherine Hockey

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.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will examine in detail the representations of Jesus that are found in the four canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), as well as in a selection of non-canonical (apocryphal) gospels. By evaluating the evidence of such witnesses and reading this against the social and cultural backdrop of first century Palestine, the module will consider the question of what "the Historical Jesus" was really like and how this figure relates both to the theological traditions of the church and to popular reworkings of the gospel stories through the centuries. As well as involving careful study of the gospel material and Historical Jesus theories, the module will therefore consider representations of Jesus in visual art, in novels and in films. The module will provide important foundations for advanced Honours study in New Testament, but will also be of interest to students who want to learn more about the impact of the figure of Jesus on societies and cultures for the last two millennia.  

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st attempt:

In-class test (25% of the final mark)
750 - word critical summary and review (25% of the final mark)
1500 word essay (50% of the final mark)


Resit:

2 hour exam 100%

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Feedback will be returned to students by comment on all submitted coursework.

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