Jesus: From Messiah to God
Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 5
COURSE DESCRIPTION: For Christians Jesus is the Messiah (or Christ), a savior, the Son of God who is fully God. How did these views and beliefs develop in the first centuries of Christianity? This course examines the Jewish beliefs about Messiahs and Saviors leading to the views of Jesus in the four Gospels of the New Testament. It then looks at the social implications of teaching a divine Jesus versus traditional Roman notions of the human and divine. It concludes with the Council of Nicea and the controversies surrounding a fully divine Son of God.
Dr. REBECCA KRAWIEC, Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies & Theology
DR. MATTHEW MITCHELL, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies & Theology
Dr. Mitchell holds a PhD from Temple University’s Department of Religion. His PhD focus was in Biblical Studies and Greco-Roman Rhetoric. Dr. Mitchell loves the Ancient Mediterranean world (Greece, Rome, Egypt, Syria, Israel, and Palestine): its history, religions, cultures, and most of all its literature. He has brought this enthusiasm and passion for antiquity to undergraduate classes in programs as varied as Honors, Jewish Studies, Classics, and Religious Studies. He has published internationally in many of the most highly respected scholarly journals in the world, and has authored articles across the fields of New Testament, Hebrew Bible, Patristics, and Popular Culture, as well as one scholarly monograph.