The Resurrection of the Son of God
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The Resurrection of the Son of God

The Easter story in the light of contemporary beliefs.
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4.8 (110 ratings)
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Last updated 6/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Students will be able to articulate the ideas of the afterlife and the resurrection from many different perspectives.
  • Students will grasp an understanding of the resurrection and the afterlife through examining ancient Jewish and pagan literature.
  • Students will be able to explain how the apostle Paul viewed the resurrection of Jesus and the afterlife.
  • Students will understand what the writers of the four New Testament Gospels report regarding Jesus' bodily resurrection.
  • Students will realize the implications of these ancient writings and the practices of the earliest followers of Jesus as they embraced the radical concept that Jesus was raised from the dead in bodily form.
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Requirements
  • Students should have a desire to examine the idea of resurrection and the afterlife.
  • Students should be ready to engage in a comprehensive study of ancient literature with implications for today.
  • Students should be curious and inquisitive!
  • Students should acquire the book Surprised by Hope by Prof. N.T. Wright
Description

How do we know that Jesus was actually raised from the dead in bodily form? This course with Prof. N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God, examines the extraordinary claim that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead in a bodily fashion to appear in person to people after his cruel death, crucifixion, and entombment. This journey will look at the ancient world's understanding of the afterlife from Jewish and Greek perspectives along with the implications of their understandings as it relates to the early Christian claim of the bodily resurrection of Jesus. New Testament documents will then be examined for broader understanding of resurrection generally as well as for specific information as it relates to the claim that Jesus was raised from the dead in bodily form. 

The student is urged to read the book Surprised by Hope by Prof. N.T. Wright (ISBN: 0061551821) published by HarperOne. This book is a powerful partner to have while working through this course. If you would like a very thorough scholarly work on the subject by Prof. Wright, you may wish to consult the book The Resurrection of the Son of God (ISBN:0800626796) published by Fortress Press. 

The course The Resurrection of the Son of God takes advantage of the thorough scholarship of Professor N.T. Wright as he methodically works through the relevant material. 

Who is the target audience?
  • People who have an interest in the study of the afterlife and the idea of resurrection.
  • This course does not presume any Christian faith, though those who come from a Christian background will be enriched as well.
  • Christians who wish to have a deeper understanding of a foundational aspect of their own faith.
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Curriculum For This Course
60 Lectures
04:56:01
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Welcome to the Course: Resurrection of the Son of God with Prof. N.T. Wright
7 Lectures 24:01

Prof. N.T. Wright gives a brief introduction to the scope of the study of the bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth including an examination of relevant background literature of the ancient world.

Preview 02:03

Prof. Wright reads 1 Cor 15:1-19 from the Kingdom New Testament.

Preview 02:23

1 Corinthians 15:1-19 KNT Text
01:54

Prof. Wright explains one of the key texts that summarizes what constituted the message of the early church as seen in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.

Preview 15:33

This comprehension quiz will help you assess your comprehension of the first session.

Comprehension Assessment on Session One: 1 Cor 15:1-19
12 questions

Welcome from Dr. David Seemuth, Your Co-Instructor and Course Facilitator
01:00

Surprised by Hope Reading Assignment #1
00:25

Practical Suggestions for Embracing the Ideas In This Course

In this article, suggestions are made of how to make this section, and, indeed, this course, more practical by using probing questions. Because this is an academic course, we are looking at understanding ideas and then bringing the principles behind those ideas into the present in practice

Practice Exercises #1: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions
00:42
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Background Issues: Ancient Jewish and Pagan Understanding of the Afterlife
11 Lectures 01:03:54

Prof. Wright reads from the Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-5.

Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-5 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:03

The text of the Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-5 is provided for the student. We suggest you print this out for reference.

Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-5 Text
01:10

Prof. Wright gives a survey of the ancient world's perspectives on what happened to people after death. This provides the student with immense understanding of the breadth of ideas existing in the world into which Jesus of Nazareth lived.

Session Two: Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-5 with Prof. N.T. Wright
17:38

This quiz will help assess your comprehension of Session Two.

Comprehension Assessment on Session Two: Wisdom of Solomon 2:1-5
14 questions

Prof. Wright reads Psalm 16 in preparation for the Session Three.

Psalm 16 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:16

Here is the written text of Psalm 16.

Psalm 16:1-11 Text
01:02

Prof. Wright examines Psalm 16 as an example of the perspective on death and the afterlife added by OT writers and thinkers.

Session Three: Psalm 16 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:34

Comprehension Assessment on Session Three: Psalm 16
14 questions

Prof. Wright reads from the Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9.

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:10

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 Text
01:14

Prof. Wright examines the prevailing and powerful ideas about immortality held by Jews during the time of Jesus.

Session Four: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9 with Prof. N.T. Wright
19:45

Comprehension Assessment on Session Four: Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9
10 questions

Surprised by Hope Reading Assignment #2
00:26

Practice Exercises #2: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions- Background Issues
00:35
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The Apostle Paul's Understanding of Resurrection and the Afterlife
17 Lectures 01:31:23

Prof. Wright reads 1 Thessalonians 4:13-19 from the Kingdom New Testament.

First Thessalonians 4:13-18 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
00:42

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KNT Text
00:53

Prof. Wright examines 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 to elucidate the expectation of believers, not of a heaven that is detached from earth, but an expectation of resurrection at the last day.

Session Five: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:51

Comprehension Assessment on Session Five: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 questions

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:24

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 KNT
01:04

The apostle Paul encountered some believers who did not understand the reality of bodily resurrection. In 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 you will find explanation of the importance of this key element of faith and the reasons why bodily resurrection matters to the believers in Corinth and for people in the present day.

Session Six: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 with Prof. N.T. Wright
13:35

Comprehension Assessment on Session Six: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
15 questions

1 Corinthians 15:29-34 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
00:51

1 Corinthians 15:29-34 KNT Text
00:42

Prof. Wright explains the consequences of not embracing the ramifications of the fact of Jesus' bodily resurrection. All of life is affected if Jesus is not raised from the dead.

Session Seven: 1 Corinthians 15:29-34 with Prof. N.T. Wright
17:59

Comprehension Assessment on Session Seven: 1 Corinthians 15:29-34
16 questions

Surprised by Hope Reading Assignment #3
00:18

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:26

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 KNT Text
01:09

Prof. Wright summarizes the first part of Second Corinthians in order to set up a more thorough explanation of 2 Corinthians 5:1-10. This formative text examines the confident expectation Paul had regarding his future state of being securely held by the Lord Jesus.

Session Eight: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 with Prof. N.T. Wright
14:48

Comprehension Assessment on Session Eight: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
12 questions

Romans 1:1-7 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:03

Romans 1:1-7 KNT Text
00:44

Prof. Wright examines eight 'mutations' of the idea of resurrection within the Jewish world. This is in dramatic contrast with what the early Jewish and Gentile believers in King Jesus were proclaiming, as Romans 1:1-7 indicates.

Session Nine: Romans 1:1-7 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:32

Surprised by Hope Reading Assignment #4
00:20

Comprehension Assessment on Session Nine: Romans 1:1-7
19 questions
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The Writers of the Gospels Add Their Perspectives on Jesus' Bodily Resurrection
19 Lectures 01:34:21
John 20:1-10 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:17

John 20:1-10 KNT Text
01:02

In order to understand the unique circumstances surrounding Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which may have been considered a highly bizarre event by traditional ancient Jewish standards, one must examine the Christian perspective carefully. The Christian Church regarded Christ’s resurrection as a central, natural and a fundamental event within the new world. It is important to inspect and examine the New Testament scriptures thoughtfully concerning this event. To this end we now look at one of the most important texts concerning the Jesus' resurrection, John 20:1-10.

Session Ten: John 20:1-10 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:10

Comprehension Assessment on Session Ten: John 20:1-10
13 questions

Practice Exercises #3: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions- The Apostle Paul
00:36

Mark 16:1-8 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:16

Mark 16:1-8 KNT Text
00:58

The Gospel of Mark represents perhaps the earliest of the New Testament Gospels authored between 65 A.D. and 80 A.D. This Gospel presents the audience with an immediate surprise upon reading the account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ because of its brevity and the remarkable abrupt ending to the Gospel of Mark.

Session Eleven: Mark 16:1-8 with Prof. N.T. Wright
11:46

Comprehension Assessment on Session Eleven: Mark 16:1-8
11 questions

Surprised by Hope Reading Assignment #5
00:19

Matthew 28:1-10 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:29

Matthew 28:1-10 KNT Text
01:10

The Gospel of Matthew in Chapter 28 begins the resurrection account with dramatic pictorial language that differs than from Gospel of Mark yet follows a similar story line with different conclusion. The opening scene describes a powerful earthquake that introduces an angel who roles away the massive grave stone which covers its opening. The angel then sits at the entrance to the tomb. We examine this narrative for additional evidence surrounding pointing to the reality of the bodily resurrection of Jesus.

Session Twelve: Matthew 28:1-10 with Prof. N.T. Wright
12:55

Comprehension Assessment on Session Twelve: Matthew 28:1-10
12 questions

Luke 24:13-35 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
02:50

Luke 24:13-35 KNT Text
02:20

There exists an ancient and venerable tradition that Luke, the writer of the Gospel of Luke, was a superb artist as well as an excellent physician. Luke adroitly described the post resurrection conversations and interactions of two disciples with Jesus on the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35.

Session Thirteen: Luke 24:13-35 with Prof. N.T. Wright
16:34

Comprehension Assessment on Session Thirteen: Luke 24:13-35
11 questions

Prof. Wright reads John 20:24-31 from the Kingdom New Testament.

John 20:24-31 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:23

John 20:24-31 KNT Text
01:02

The Gospel of John’s account of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection was written by the Apostle John with imagery that parallels the creation story found in the Book of Genesis. John 20 speaks of the 'First Day' of the New Creation week. Jesus Christ is the first born, the start of the 'New Creation' whose resurrection body represent the first part of the old world man transformed into the 'new incorruptible Adam'.

Session Fourteen: John 20:24-31 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:17

Comprehension Assessment on Session Fourteen: John 20:24-31
12 questions

Surprised by Hope Reading Assignment #6
00:19

Practice Exercises #4: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions- The Gospels
00:35
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The Resurrection of the Son of God: A Summary of Ideas and Implications
6 Lectures 23:10

Prof. Wright reads Acts 1:1-8 in preparation for Session Fifteen.

Acts 1:1-8 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:44

Acts 1:1-8 KNT Text
01:05

The resurrection of Jesus argues for a clear explanation to understand why the Christian Church suddenly deviated from traditional Jewish and cultural views concerning the afterlife to adopt radical claims concerning Jesus. We examine the essential roles played by the accounts of the empty tomb and the post-resurrection appearances in the early Christian Church.

Session Fifteen: Acts 1:1-8 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:47

Comprehension Assessment on Session Fifteen: Acts 1:1-8
16 questions

Surprised by Hope Reading Assignment #7
00:19

Practice Exercises #5: Processing Ideas and Probing Questions- Final Summary
00:36

Bonus Lecture
00:38
About the Instructor
N.T. Wright
4.7 Average rating
4,683 Reviews
13,972 Students
12 Courses
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.

David P. Seemuth
4.7 Average rating
4,683 Reviews
13,972 Students
12 Courses
Professor

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.