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RST-325-20, Jesus Christ (SP14)

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Brian Berry

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: SEM/SAT/8:30-11:15AM, 02/01/2014-05/17/2014

CONTENT: 

This course is a study of Christian understandings of Jesus of Nazareth from biblical, historical, and contemporary theological perspectives. Following initial discussion of our contemporary context and a method for doing theology, the first part of the course  will treat the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus; the variety of New Testament christologies; and traditional christologies from the patristic through the medieval, reformation, and modern periods. The second part of the course will then explore various contemporary interpretations of Jesus and salvation and the divinity of Jesus, before considering various Latin American liberation christologies, North American contextual christologies, African inculturated christologies, and Asian comparative christologies. Special attention will be given throughout to both Roman Catholic and Protestant approaches.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

This course is designed to enable students to:   

1. Appreciate the meaning of the Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth was both a human and divine person who brought salvation to the world.

2. Reflect theologically on Christian understandings of Jesus Christ as these have developed throughout history.

3. Understand how Jesus Christ is being reinterpreted today in response to the challenges of global suffering and cultural and religious pluralism.

4. Demonstrate higher level critical thinking skills through the process of gathering, selecting, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and applying information and knowledge.

METHODS:    

1. Focused readings

2. Weekly short papers

3. Class discussions

4. Lectures

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Attendance at class and active participation (10%).

2. Eight one-page papers (50%).

3. A midterm and a final exam (40%).

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS:

1. Borg, Marcus J., and N. T. Wright. The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. New York: HarperOne, 2007. ISBN 10: 0061285544 and 13: 9780061285547.

2. Wiley, Tatha, ed. Thinking of Christ: Proclamation, Explanation, Meaning. New York:Continuum, 2003. ISBN 082641530X.

3. Kärkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003. ISBN 9780801026218.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS:

1. Kärkäinen, Christology, 9-16.

2. Wiley, Thinking of Christ, 7-9, 13-26, 29-48.