F601 Fall 2019 Jesus’s Final Week and the Beginnings of Christianity
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:15, Sept. 25–Nov. 13
No class Oct. 9
Instructor: Steven Goldman
The last week of Jesus’s earthly ministry provides many foundations for the birth of Christianity. However, there are major disagreements regarding the spiritual meaning and historical understandings of events that transpired during that final week. Analysis will include texts within the New Testament, as well as sources from non-canonical writings. Major issues to be explored include the following:
Steven C. Goldman
- Why was Jesus welcomed on Palm Sunday and rejected later in the week?
- Did Jesus declare himself to be Messiah? Did he declare himself to be God? Or did others say this about him?
- Did Jesus seek to overturn the existing religious order? Did he pose a threat to Roman rule?
- How are we to understand Jesus’s commands at the Last Supper?
- What did Jesus teach about “end times?”
- Who was responsible for the execution of Jesus?
- Did Jesus physically rise from the dead? How do we explain the different accounts of the Resurrection?
is the chair of OLLI’s Religious Studies Program Planning Group and has taught numerous courses on alternative understandings of Biblical doctrine.