CLAS 324 The Historical Jesus

This course is an examination of the modern quest for the earthly Jesus behind the veil of ecclesiastical doctrines and dogmas. This examination utilizes modern methods of literary, historical, and hermeneutical criticism to sift through layers of traditions and interpretations. It will involve reading ancient as well as modern interpretations of the life of Jesus. It will explore the Old Quest as well as the recently revived New Quest for the historical Jesus.