Christ as Helios
Ceiling Mosaic in the Mausoleum of the Julii,
beneath St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome
(ca. mid-3rd century CE)

RELG 210: Jesus of Nazareth
Offerings at McGill: Fall 2016

This course is an introduction to the critical study of the life Jesus of Nazareth.  Attention is given to three main issues: (1) the nature and content of the historical sources, (2) issues of historical method and the Quests for the Historical Jesus, and (3) issues of memory and the relationship between faith and history.  The first half of the course is devoted to immersing the students in the primary literature (both canonical and extra-canonical), and to issues of historical method within the various Jesus quests.  The second half focuses on the commemorative contours of Jesus’s image as teacher, healer, crucified, and the like.

McGill Description: A critical study of selected ancient and modern accounts of the aims and person of Jesus. Attention is given also to the question of the historical sources and to the relationship between faith and history.


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RELG 210 - Syllabus 2016