Understand the story of Jesus, not as a 'religious figure', but as a person who lived, taught, and carried out his mission within a 1st Century 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.
Embrace an understanding of the Jesus of history and not simply the traditions which emerged centuries after his death.
Examine the story of Jesus to see his works within a Jewish context as a fulfillment of the work of the God of Israel.