Archive for May, 2011

PowerPoint Slides: Week 4, Search for the Historical Jesus

May 20, 2011

Here are the PowerPoint Slides for Week 4, used in the class: Search for the Historical Jesus. This class has been extremely popular, and expertly led by Dr, Jim Cox! We invite you to check out the slides for each week, as they share very interesting information.

Gospel Traditions: Power Point Slides, Week 4

Comparison Chart of the Major Gospels

Jesus Seminar Conclusions

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PowerPoint Slides — Week 3, Search for Historical Jesus

May 17, 2011

Here are the slides for Week 3 of this great class!

Jesus culture and traditions PowerPoint Slides, Week 3

PowerPoint Slides — Week 2, Search for Historical Jesus

May 11, 2011

Here are the PowerPoint Slides from Week 2 of this great class, facilitated by Jim Cox!

Comparing Conservative Evangelical Perspective to Liberal Historical-Critical Perspective

Here’s the outline for Week 3-4:

1. The context of the times in which Jesus lived in:

a. The history of the Judeans, including the heros of their history: Moses, David, the Prophets, and Cyrus the Great of Persia who rescued the Jews from the Babylonians and restored them to the land of Judah.  (He is the only non-Jew referred to as Messiah).

b. The messianic hopes of the time in the context of the Roman occupation, especially those based on the books of Isaiah, Daniel, and Zechariah.

c. Major groups at the time: The Essenes, Pharisees, Saducees, Samaritans, and Zealots.

d. How the remnants of the Macabbeans and Herod’s reign affected the perspective of the common Jew.

2. We then skip over the life of Jesus (to be discussed next week)

3. In the context of the resurrection experience, what images emerged of Jesus during the “oral” period (between 30 AD and 70 AD), including the following:

a. Passover lamb

b. Atonement (Yom Kippur)

c. Son of Man (Ezekiel, Daniel)

d. Suffering Servant (of 2nd Isaiah)

e. the Shephard King (of 2nd Zechariah)

4. Untangling the threads of the different Jesus traditions that emerged,

a. Based on:

i.  Canon and non-canon gospels

ii. Epistles

ii. Acts of the Apostles

iii. writings of early church fathers

iv. Nag Hammadi discoveries

b. identifying the traditions:

i. Jewish Christians (Nazoreans?, e.g. Matthew, Gospel of the Hebrews, )

ii. Apocalyptic (e.g. Revelations, Mark)

iii. Mystical (e.g. John, also how Dead Sea Scrolls informs this and the preceding tradition)

iv. Salvation by faith available to all  (e.g.  Paul’s epistles, Luke, Acts)

v. Wisdom teachings (e.g. Q, Thomas)

vi. Salvation by works (e.g. James)

vii. Gnostic (e.g. Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Gospel of Judas, etc.)


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