This course explores Jesus in the midst of his historical, religious, and political context: how did Jesus encounter and resist the political and religious structures of his day? Can we construct an historically adequate picture of Jesus based on the different gospels that narrate his life and teachings? Is he best understood as an apocalyptic prophet, an ethereal sage, or a political revolutionary? The course also attends to Jesus' ethical teachings on subjects such as wealth and poverty, non-violence, and love of enemies.
Satisfies the Philosophical and Religious Perspectives distribution requirement.