Simply Jesus

A Walk Through the Life and Times of Jesus
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

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 will be quizzes and discussion questions to help the student 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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What is the target audience?

  • 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.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course and to Udemy
Introduction to Simply Jesus and to Udemy
Preview
09:12
Simply Jesus: Introduction with Prof. N.T. Wright (cont)
Preview
09:52
13 questions

This quiz, along with all the quizzes, will help students focus on certain details in order to properly comprehend Prof. Wright's lectures.

03:22

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

Luke 3 with Prof. N.T. Wright
16:25
Comprehension Quiz: Luke 3 with Prof. Wright
12 questions
Newcomers Guide to Using the Udemy Platform
02:23
Section 2: Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Part One
Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Chapters One through Five
Article
Section 3: The Introduction of the King and the Kingdom Way
02:19

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.

14:17

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.

Comprehension Quiz: Luke 4:14-30 with Prof. Wright
9 questions
02:31

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.

Matthew 5:1-20 with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:58
Comprehension Quiz: Matthew 5:1-20 with Prof. Wright
8 questions
Section 4: Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Part Two
Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Chapters Six and Seven
Article
Section 5: Parables and Teachings of Jesus Leads to Questions and Mystery Among His Hearers
02:43

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.

Mark 4:1-20 with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:33
Comprehension Quiz: Mark 4:1-20 with Prof. Wright
7 questions
04:24

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.

Luke 15 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:16
Comprehension Quiz: Luke 15 with Prof. Wright
9 questions
The Biblical Text: Mark 7:1-23
02:51
Mark 7:1-23 with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:04
Comprehension Quiz: Mark 7:1-23 with Prof. Wright
8 questions
The Biblical Text: Mark 8:22-9:1
02:38
Mark 8:22-9:1 with Prof. N.T. Wright
16:54
Comprehension Quiz: Mark 8:22-33 with Prof. Wright
12 questions
Section 6: Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Part Two (continued)
Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Part Two (continued)
Article
Section 7: Jesus Gives Clear Declaration of His Mission and Actions Leading to Jerusalem
The Biblical Text: Mark 10:35-45
01:36
Mark 10:35-45 with Prof. N.T. Wright
14:10
Comprehension Quiz: Mark 10:35-45 with Prof. Wright
10 questions
The Biblical Text: Matthew 21:1-17
02:26
Matthew 21:1-17 with Prof. N.T. Wright
16:25
Comprehension Quiz: Matthew 21:1-17 with Prof. Wright
9 questions
The Biblical Text: Luke 22:14-23
01:22
Luke 22:14-23 with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:01
Comprehension Quiz: Luke 22:14-23 with Prof. Wright
8 questions
Section 8: Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Part Two (continued)
Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Chapters Ten and Eleven
Article
Section 9: Jesus Marches to His Betrayal, Trial, Suffering, and to His Death
The Biblical Text: Mark 14:55-65
01:33
Mark 14:55-65 with Prof. N.T. Wright
17:11
Comprehension Quiz: Mark 14:55-65 with Prof. Wright
9 questions
The Biblical Text: Luke 23:26-47
02:49
Luke 23:26-47 with Prof. N.T. Wright
17:53
Comprehension Quiz: Luke 23:26-47 with Prof. Wright
11 questions
Section 10: Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Part Two (continued)
Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Chapters Twelve and Thirteen
Article
Section 11: Jesus Shows Himself to Be Alive After His Death
The Biblical Text: John 20:19-23 and Matthew 28:16-20
01:39
Matthew 28:16-20; John 20:19-23 with Prof. N.T. Wright
16:29
Comprehension Quiz: Matthew 28:16-20; John 20:19-23 with Prof. Wright
11 questions
The Biblical Text: Luke 24:13-35
02:56
Luke 24:13-35 with Prof. N.T. Wright
16:54
Comprehension Quiz: Luke 24:13-35 with Prof. Wright
9 questions
Section 12: Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Part Two (continued) and Part Three
Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Chapter Fourteen
Article
Simply Jesus– The Textbook, Chapter Fifteen
Article
Section 13: Back to the Beginning with Jesus
The Biblical Text: John 1:1-18
02:15
John 1:1-18 with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:41
Comprehension Quiz: John 1:1-18 with Prof. Wright
10 questions

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Instructor Biography

N.T. Wright, Professor

N.T Wright received his BA, MA and PHD from Oxford University. He taught New Testament at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities 1978-1993. He was Dean of Lichfield, then Canon of Westminster, then Bishop of Durham (Church of England), 1994-2010. Since 2010 Prof. Wright has been Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has published over 75 books and hundreds of articles. Prof. Wright recently received the Burkitt Medal from the British Academy for services to New Testament scholarship. He enjoys writing, lecturing, mentoring students and an occasional round of golf. He delights in spending time with his family in the midst of a busy schedule of writing and traveling.

Instructor Biography

David Seemuth has a Ph.D. from Marquette University in the field of Religious Studies with an emphasis on New Testament Theology. He has taught at the graduate level for over 25 years at numerous universities and seminaries. He also has 16 years of on-line teaching experience. His passion is to see that people not only understand the Scripture, but also apply them to daily life.

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