Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Articulate an understanding of Jesus based upon biblical references and a variety of historical conceptions.
- Evaluate, on theological criteria, a number of contemporary descriptions of Jesus.
- Outline and discuss a theology of Jesus that is relevant in the 21st Century.
- Class test (30 minutes) (10%)
- One 750-word film review (20%)
- One 750-word book report (20%)
- One 1,500-word theological essay (50%)
- Borg, Marcus and N. T. Wright. The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1999.
- Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003.
- McLaren, Brian. The Secret Message of Jesus: Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2006.
- Matera, Frank J. New Testament Christology. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1999.
- Pelikan, Jaroslav. Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1985.
- Rausch, Thomas P. Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.
- Smail, Thomas A. Once and For All: A Confession of the Cross. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005.
- Wright, N. T. Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997.
- Wright, N. T. Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2011.
- Yancey, Philip. The Jesus I Never Knew. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995.
Set texts recommended for purchase: Nil