God in Flesh and Blood: Revolutions in Christology

  1. New or Repeat Course:        New
  2. ICS Title:  God in Flesh and Blood: Revolutions in Christology
  3. Previous ICS Title:        N/A
  4. TST Title:  God in Flesh and Blood: Revolutions in Christology
  5. Previous TST Title:        N/A
  6. Level  (ICS):                  MWS                X   MA                X   PhD
  7. Level  (TST):                 Basic Degree            2000  (General / Survey course)                                                                           3000  (Specialized)

Advanced Degree         X   6000  (3000 level upgraded for AD credit)                                   5000  (AD program courses)

  1. Semester & Year:         Winter 2019
  2. ICS Cluster(s):        Theology and Biblical Studies; Aesthetics, Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Discourse; Anthropology and Ethics; Knowledge, Truth and Learning
  3. ICS Pathway(s):        
  4. ICS Course Code:        ICS 240811 W19
  5. TST Course Code:        ICT3201HS L0101 / ICT6201HS L0101
  6. TST Department:                TBD        
  7. Instructor: Nik Ansell                

  1. Course Description:  

How does the biblical portrayal of Jesus relate to the narrative movement(s) of the Hebrew Bible? To what extent do the OT themes of exile and return, old age and new age, help deepen our understanding of the birth and crucifixion of the Messiah? If we worship Jesus, are we to worship his humanity as well as his divinity? Does Mary’s encounter with Gabriel, who is a named presence in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament only in the Book of Daniel, indicate that her conception of Jesus is to be read apocalyptically? Is it significant that Elizabeth initially greets Mary with words otherwise associated with Jael and Judith? These are some of the exegetical and theological questions we will consider in this engagement with issues at the edge, and at the heart, of contemporary Christology. Conversation partners will include: James Dunn (Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?), Jane Schaberg (The Illegitimacy of Jesus), and N.T. Wright (The Day the Revolution Began).

  1. Keywords:  apocalyptic, biblical narrative, christology, crucifixion, feminist theology, hermeneutics, incarnation, infancy narratives, intertextuality

  1. Course Learning Goals

By the end of this course, participants will:

1. Be able to recall the core theological concerns and the main lines of argument (both exegetical and theological) of three important works in contemporary Christology.

2. Be able to clearly identify a contested Christological issue of their choice, assess the strengths and weaknesses of at least two alternative perspectives on that issue, formulate a thesis of their own with respect to that issue, and articulate their thesis, with supportive reasoning, to other members of the class.

3. Have increasingly honed their interpretative and assessment skills by presenting at least two reflections pieces on the weekly readings that combine (the written, and supplementary oral, formulation of) their pertinent textual observations and questions geared to fruitfully evoking and provoking class discussion concerning how best to defend, criticize, and/or further develop the arguments of the texts in question.

  1. Course Requirements

        1. Weekly reading (# of pages):              50–70 pages per week

        2. In-seminar leadership:        2–3 seminar presentations of 2–3 pages, single-spaced         

        3. Description of course project:        4000-5000 word paper (MA), 5000–7000 word paper (PhD) on a                         biblical passage/topic/motif related to course materials and/or                         discussions

  1. Description and weighting of elements to be evaluated:

Class participation:         20%*

In-Seminar Leadership:         20%*

Research Project/Paper:         60%*

                                                                                [*TST: 20%/ 30%/ 50%]

  1. Required Readings: (bibliographic listing)

Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright, The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1999), chaps. 11–12. (ICS Library: BT202 .B646 1999; Knox College Caven Library: McKay Resource Centre, BT202 .B646 1999; Robarts Library: BT202 .B646 1999X. The Knox College and Regis College libraries also have 2007 editions.)

James Dunn, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? The New Testament Evidence (Louisville, NJ: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010). (ICS Library: BT590.C85 D86 2010; Trinity College, Victoria University Emmanuel College: BT590 .C85 D86 2010)

Andrew T. Lincoln, Born of a Virgin? Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013), chaps. 4–5 (Knox College Caven Library, Regis College Library, Trinity College Library: BT317 .L56 2013)

Jane Schaberg, The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives. Expanded Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006), chaps 1–3. (ICS Library, Robarts Library, Trinity College Library: BT314 .S39 2006)

N.T. Wright, The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2016). (Robarts Library: BT453 .W754 2016X; Trinity College: BT453 .W754 2016 TRIN)

  1. Recommended Readings: (bibliographic listing)

Nik Ansell, “Commentary: Daniel 7:13–14, 27,” Third Way 29/5 (June 2006): 26

Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002), chaps 2–3.

G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson, eds., Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2007).

Raymond E. Brown, The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke. New updated ed. Anchor Bible Reference Library (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1993)

–––––––––– et al., Mary in the New Testament (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1978)

Herman Hendrickx, The Third Gospel for the Third World. Vol. 1: Preface and Infancy Narrative (Luke 1:1–2:52) (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1996)

Larry W. Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003).

Elizabeth A. Johnson, Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints (New York: Continuum, 2003).

Carey A. Newman, ed., Jesus and the Restoration of Israel: A Critical Assessment of N.T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999).

David T. Landry, “Illegitimacy Reconsidered,” in The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives, by Jane Schaberg. Expanded Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006), 283–99.

Frank Reilly, “Jane Schaberg, Raymond E. Brown, and the Problem of the Illegitimacy of Jesus,” in The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives, by Jane Schaberg. Expanded Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006), 258–282.

Jane Schaberg, “Feminist Interpretations of the Infancy Narrative of Matthew,” in The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives, by Jane Schaberg. Expanded Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006), 231–257.

–––––––––– and Sharon H. Ringe, “The Gospel of Luke,” in Women’s Bible Commentary, ed. Carol A Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, and Jacqueline E. Lapsely. Revised and updated ed. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2012), 493–511.

N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God. Vol. 2 of Christian Origins and the Question of God (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1996)

––––––––––, The New Testament and the People of God. Vol. 1 of Christian Origins and the Question of God (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1992)

  1. Other Resources

                

  1.  Sample Course Outline

Session 1

Introductions

Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, chaps. 1–2

Session 2

Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, chaps. 3–5

Session 3

Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, chaps. 6–8

Session 4

Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, chaps. 9–10

Session 5

Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, chaps. 11–12

Session 6

Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, chaps. 13

Session 7

Wright, The Day the Revolution Began, chaps. 14–15

Session 8

Dunn, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? chaps 1–2

Session 9

Dunn, Did the First Christians Worship Jesus? chaps 3–4, conclusion.

Session 10

Borg/Wright, chaps. 11–12

Schaberg, The Illegitimacy of Jesus, chap. 1

Session 11
Schaberg,
The Illegitimacy of Jesus, chap. 2

Lincoln, Born of a Virgin? chap. 4

Session 12

Schaberg, The Illegitimacy of Jesus, chap. 3

Lincoln, Born of a Virgin? chap. 5

Session 13

JM paper presentations; Conclusions

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