Life of Jesus

Speaker(s): Rikki Watts
Date: Fall 2006
Length: 30:55:44
Product ID: RGDL3644S

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This course seeks to understand Jesus' mission and message primarily within his first-century Palestinian setting as the one in whom Yahweh's covenant with Israel finds its culmination. The course will begin with a brief overview of modern 'Life of Jesus' research and an introduction to the nature of the sources for Jesus' life and teachings, noting in particular issues related to the canonical Gospels. Attention will then be focused on the major elements of Jesus' life, particularly the nature and meaning of his mighty words, mighty deeds, death and resurrection in the light of Old Testament hopes and prevailing Jewish 'messianic' expectations. As appropriate there will be some reflection on how it is that Israel's story then becomes the story of the whole world. Lectures include:

  • Introduction: Life of Jesus Research
  • Data, Method, History, and Sources
  • Beginnings
  • The Baptism and the Temptation
  • Jesus' Proclamation of the End of Exile: The In-Breaking of God's Kingdom
  • Jesus' Teaching: New Exodus, New Sinai, New Torah... New Moses?
  • With Authority: The Son of Man and the Mighty Deeds of Yahweh
  • Holiness, Conflict, and the Twelve: The Reconstitution of Israel
  • The Messiah and the Suffering Servant: Son of Man, Discipleship, and Prayer
  • Jesus, Jerusalem, and the Temple: The A-triumphal Entry and the Temple's Demise
  • Betrayal and Trial: The Son of Man and the Beast of Gethsemane
  • The Crucifixion and Resurrection: The Vindication of the Son of Man

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Rikk E. Watts is Professor of New Testament at Regent College. Previously, he served as an instructor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University, La Trobe University, and the Bible College of Victoria (now the Melbourne School of Theology). He is author of Isaiah's New Exodus in Mark, as well as a founding member of On Being, an Australian Christian magazine.

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