Jesus: what does the evidence say?
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HRS42
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Explore the evidence in the New Testament and other sources for who Jesus was, what he did and why he was crucified. This will involve developing knowledge of the New Testament and biblical interpretation.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- The similarities and differences in the presentation of Jesus in the four New Testament gospels.
- The sources used by the authors of the four gospels.
- Evidence for Jesus outside the New Testament in Jewish and Roman authors, and other gospels.
- The criteria scholars use for determining what is historically reliable in the gospels.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- explain and use basic principles of biblical interpretation
- identify key similarities and differences between the accounts of Jesus in four gospels in the New Testament
- explain the main theories for the sources of the gospel accounts of Jesus
- identify sources of evidence for Jesus outside the New Testament
- explain and apply key criteria for ascertaining the historical reliability of statements about Jesus in the New Testament.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course assumes basic knowledge of the New Testament but is otherwise suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the principles of biblical interpretation.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be a combination of individual and group activities, discussion and teacher explanation (including
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• There are no additional costs.
• Please bring a pen and paper. A Bible or New Testament will also be helpful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in HRS28 - Religion, ethics and modern life: assisted dying and Christianity.
Andrew has worked in a number of roles involving learning & development, policy and communications. He has delivered a range of face to face and digital learning experiences. His fascination with the human condition, who we are and how we should live, led him to study theology and ethics at the University of Oxford, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is the author of a number of publications about religion, morality and healthcare. Most recently he wrote 'Dignity at the End of Life: What's Beneath the Assisted Dying debate?' for Theos think tank. Since its publication he has enjoyed speaking on BBC One, radio and debating at the Oxford Literary Festival.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.