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The Quest for the Historical Jesus - ECJS853

Despite two centuries of enquiry, the figure of Jesus behind the Christ of faith remains elusive. How do we know what is told us in the gospels actually happened? This unit looks at how authenticity in the tradition is argued, but more particularly at the differences between Matthew, Mark and Luke in how they portray Jesus. A careful comparison of the parallel traditions shared by these gospels will be undertaken to determine the focus and bias of each and their view of Jesus. This allows for an assessment of their reliability and avoids simple harmonisations of their accounts about Jesus.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

2019 - Next offered in 2019

Staff Contact(s): Dr Christopher Forbes

Admission to MAncHist or GradCertAncHist or MA in (Ancient History or Coptic Studies) Prerequisite Information


Unit Designation(s):


Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Ancient History

Faculty of Arts

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