O 100-001 Jesus in the Jewish Scripture

Jesus was undeniably Jewish. So were his disciples. While that is generally understood, the implications of that are seldom considered. It is the purpose of this course to explore these implications in terms of Jesus’ person and self understanding, in terms of the Scriptures and traditions that Jesus inherited and either revered or challenged, in terms of Jesus’ followers and the formation of the early and largely Gentile church, and in terms of the formation of the Christian Scriptures. The character of the course is at once historical and hermeneutical, the goal being to examine ways, both old and new, of reading the Gospels and of re-reading the Christian Old Testament.