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Prospectus

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A famous inhabitant of the Roman empire: Jesus of Nazareth

Course
2011-2012

Admission requirements

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Description

In this seminar we will concentrate on that ‘known unknown’ who lived on the periphery of the Roman empire in the early years of the Principate: Jesus of Nazareth. Who was he? Can we reconstruct something of the life of the historical Jesus, or has he disappeared behind the Messiah, the Son of God – whom he was said to be by his followers?
To this end, we can look at his life’s story as told in the Gospels, at the socio-economic and religious environment in which he lived, at the Roman involvement, at several crucial junctures, in his life, indeed at anything that might help us shed light on this extremely famous, but nevertheless enigmatic individual, whom everybody knows but no one knows very much about, as far as Jesus the man is concerned.
Those who are believers in the Biblical tradition should be prepared to take part in discussions that might call their fundamental beliefs into question, and to leave theological issues aside. Only enroll in this course if you are truly willing to do so.
A thorough knowledge of the socio-economic and religious history of the Near East in the 1st century A.D. (!) and the ability to critically approach life-story documents such as the Gospels. Also, enhanced performance in the following areas: research skills, presentation skills, composition skills, ability to evaluate the findings of other researchers.

Course objectives

A thorough knowledge of the socio-economic and religious history of the Near East in the 1st century A.D. (!) and the ability to critically approach life-story documents such as the Gospels. Also, enhanced performance in the following areas: research skills, presentation skills, composition skills, ability to evaluate the findings of other researchers.

Timetable

See here.

Mode of instruction

Research seminar.

Assessment method

Every student will be expected to give several short presentations for which some reading and research has to be carried ourt (20%) and write a final paper (80%).

Blackboard

No. Instead, the following two websites will be used:
http://www.ancient-history-online.info
http://www.oudegeschiedenis.info

Reading list

To be announced.

Registration

via uSis.

Contact information

E-mail: Dr.F.G. Naerebout