Encountering the Historical Jesus (THE2031)

30 credits

Jesus, as a historical figure, continues to stir up controversy and debate in scholarly and popular circles. This module will introduce you to a variety of historical methods used within the ‘Quests for the Historical Jesus’ and develop a plausible picture of his life, aims and the movement he led. Beginning with an analysis of the state of the ‘quest’ for the historical Jesus you will then critically examine some of the key New Testament narratives and associated literature, and theological interpretations of the life and teachings of this mysterious Galilean. You will also consider some contemporary receptions of this figure across the world.