Simply Jesus: Small Group Edition
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Simply Jesus: Small Group Edition

A Walk Through the Life and Times of Jesus
4.3 (210 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2020
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 18 articles
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Understand the story of Jesus of Nazareth, not as a 'religious figure', but as a person who lived, taught, worked, and carried out his mission within a 1st Century A.D. historical context.
  • Explain the role of Jesus within his context and understand the difficulties and resistance to who he was and to what he said.
  • Understand some of the key biblical texts which speak of the life, teachings, and work of Jesus within the literary and cultural setting of his day
  • Discern the various political and philosophical movements that provided the backdrop for the actions of Jesus and which provide further meaning to Jesus' life story.
  • Embrace an understanding of the Jesus of history and not simply the traditions which emerged centuries after his death.
  • Examine the narrative of the story of Jesus to see his works within a Jewish context as a fulfillment of the work of the God of Israel and the vindication of that work through the resurrection from the dead.
  • Students should obtain the textbook, Simply Jesus, by N.T. Wright (HarperOne, 2011) ISBN: 0062084399. The book is available in print, digital and audio formats.

In this course Simply Jesus, students will be immersed in the 1st Century A.D. context of the life, work, teachings, and actions of Jesus of Nazareth.  The goal of the course is to look at the story of Jesus from the perspective of a historian. Too many times Jesus of Nazareth becomes interpreted as simply another 'religious figure' among many religious figures. But this so often eliminates the understanding of a man who lived in time and space at a critical time of history.

This course is meant for all audiences. No previous theological study is required or expected. In this way it is meant to give a basic understanding of Jesus as a figure in history primarily.

Prof. Wright will lecture on key biblical texts to walk the student through the different elements that constitute the story of Jesus. In addition there you will have discussion questions to help you think more intently about the material presented.

This course tries to focus on essential biblical texts and non-biblical historical material to embrace the larger story of a Jesus of history. This course is to be taken in tandem with the reading of Prof. Wright's book, Simply Jesus.  In Simply Jesus, bestselling author and leading Bible scholar N.T. Wright summarizes 200 years of modern Biblical scholarship and models how Christians can best retell the story of Jesus today. In a style similar to C.S. Lewis’s popular works, Wright breaks down the barriers that prevent Christians from fully engaging with the story of Jesus.

We trust that the material and the dialogue with other students will be encouraging and enlightening for all.

Who this course is for:
  • This is an entry level course for anyone wishing to understand the story of the life of Jesus from the point of view of a historian examining the 1st Century A.D. context.
  • This course is not for those who wish to debate the existence of the historical Jesus or for those who wish to enter into religious debates.
Course content
Expand all 50 lectures 05:03:56
+ Introduction to the Course and to Udemy
7 lectures 34:14

All the sets of Discussion Questions and corresponding Biblical Texts are all attached here in PDF form for printing.

For Leaders - Discussion Questions and Biblical Text to Print
Discussion Questions: Introduction to Simply Jesus

Prof. Wright reads the biblical text from Luke Chapter Three as the foundation for his upcoming lecture.

The Biblical Text: Luke 3
Luke 3 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Luke 3
+ The Introduction of the King and the Kingdom Way
6 lectures 36:25

Prof. Wright reads the biblical text from Luke 4:14-30 describing a dramatic encounter which Jesus has in his home town of Nazareth. This forms the basis for Prof. Wright's upcoming lecture.

Preview 02:19

Prof. Wright presents the description where Jesus enters his hometown, Nazareth, to deliver a message to which his hearers object. Initial amazement leads to rejection of Jesus and his message.

Preview 14:17
Discussion Questions: Luke 4:14-30

Prof. Wright reads from Matthew 5:1-20. This section of the New Testament is often called 'The Beatitudes' within the greater 'Sermon on the Mount' which Jesus speaks to his audience.

The Biblical Text: Matthew 5:1-20
Matthew 5:1-20 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Matthew 5:1-20
+ Parables and Teachings of Jesus Leads to Questions and Mystery Among His Hearers
12 lectures 01:21:03

In this reading from the Gospel of Mark, we find Jesus telling what is known as 'The Parable of the Sower'. This well-known parable is often misunderstood when taken out of its historical and literary context.

The Biblical Text: Mark 4:1-20
Mark 4:1-20 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Mark 4:1-20

Luke 15 contains a collection of parables further explaining the nature of the Kingdom of God. This section also includes the 'Parable of the Lost Son', often represented in paintings as well as in sermons. This parable is one of the most emotive stories in the Gospels, yet its fuller meaning is often lost.

The Biblical Text: Luke 15
Luke 15 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Luke 15
The Biblical Text: Mark 7:1-23
Mark 7:1-23 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Mark 7:1-23
The Biblical Text: Mark 8:22-9:1
Mark 8:22-9:1 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Mark 8:22-9:1
+ Jesus Gives Clear Declaration of His Mission and Actions Leading to Jerusalem
9 lectures 53:03
The Biblical Text: Mark 10:35-45
Mark 10:35-45 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Mark 10:35-45
The Biblical Text: Matthew 21:1-17
Matthew 21:1-17 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Matthew 21:1-17
The Biblical Text: Luke 22:14-23
Luke 22:14-23 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Luke 22:14-23
+ Jesus Marches to His Betrayal, Trial, Suffering, and to His Death
6 lectures 40:43
The Biblical Text: Mark 14:55-65
Mark 14:55-65 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Mark 14:55-65
The Biblical Text: Luke 23:26-47
Luke 23:26-47 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Luke 23:26-47
+ Jesus Shows Himself to Be Alive After His Death
6 lectures 39:13
The Biblical Text: John 20:19-23 and Matthew 28:16-20
Matthew 28:16-20; John 20:19-23 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Matt 28 and John 20
The Biblical Text: Luke 24:13-35
Luke 24:13-35 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: Luke 24:13-35
+ Back to the Beginning with Jesus
4 lectures 19:12
The Biblical Text: John 1:1-18
John 1:1-18 with Prof. N.T. Wright
Discussion Questions: John 1:1-18
Bonus Lecture