Jesus and the Gospels in Historical and Baha’i Perspective

Robert Stockman and JoAnn Borovicka will offer Jesus and the Gospels in Historical and Baha’i Perspective. The 12-week course will use two texts, Bart D. Ehrman’s The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (Oxford Univ. Press) and JoAnn Borovicka’s Light of the Kingdom: Biblical Topics in the Baha’i Writings (Baha’i Publishing)…

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Robert Stockman and JoAnn Borovicka will offer Jesus and the Gospels in Historical and Baha’i Perspective. The 12-week course will use two texts, Bart D. Ehrman’s The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (Oxford Univ. Press) and JoAnn Borovicka’s Light of the Kingdom: Biblical Topics in the Baha’i Writings (Baha’i Publishing) which students should purchase. There will also be recorded videos and live Zoom sessions (probably Sundays at 4 p.m. Eastern). The course will introduce students to the historical complexity of understanding the life and teachings of Jesus Christ caused by the lack of written records and the extensive use of oral traditions over 2 generations. But in spite of those difficulties, a sacred text emerged that has guided aright billions of people over centuries. This will be a challenging course and will explore the New Testament in ways Baha’is are not used to considering.

Start date: Wednesday, Sept. 4
End Date: Tuesday, Dec. 3
Price: $150 (too much? Tuition discounts available; write info@corinnetruecenter.org)

Faculty: Robert H. Stockman and JoAnn Borovicka

 

Course Schedule (tentative)(12 weeks)

Week 1            Introduction to the Course; Review of Syllabus; Ehrman, ch. 1

Stockman, The Gospels and the Nature of Progressive Revelation

Do we have the original New Testament? Ehrman, ch. 2

The World of Early Christian Traditions; Ehrman, ch.3

 

Week 2            The Jewish Context of Jesus and His Followers; Ehrman, ch. 4

The Traditions of Jesus in their Greco-Roman Context; Ehrman, ch. 5
The Christian Gospels: A Literary and Historical Introduction; Ehrman, ch. 6

 

Weeks 3-4       Jesus, the Suffering Son of God: The Gospel of Mark; Ehrman, ch. 7
Read the Gospel of Mark

 

Week 4            The Synoptic Tradition and its Significance for Interpretation; Ehrman, ch. 8

Compilation about synoptic texts in the Bahá’í writings

Weeks 5-6       Jesus, the Jewish Messiah: The Gospel According to Matthew; Ehrman, ch. 9
Read the Gospel of Matthew

 

Weeks 7-8       Jesus, The Savior of the World; The Gospel According to Luke; Ehrman, ch. 10

Read the Gospel of Luke

Stockman, Thoughts about the Synoptics

Weeks 9-10     Jesus, The Man Sent from Heaven: Gospel According to John; Ehrman, ch. 12
Read the Gospel of John

Stockman, Thoughts about John

 

Week 10          From John’s Jesus to Gnostic Christ: The John’s Gospel to the Johannine Epistles and Beyond; Ehrman, ch. 13

Reading John 1, 2, 3

 

Week 11          Jesus from Different Perspectives: Other Gospels; Ehrman, ch. 14

The Historical Jesus: Sources, Problems, and Methods; Ehrman, ch. 15

The Historian and the Problem of Miracles, ch. 15

 

Week 12          Jesus in Context, ch. 16

Jesus, Apocalyptic Prophet; Ehrman, ch. 18

From Jesus to the Gospels; Ehrman, ch. 19

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