The Historical Jesus: Understanding Jesus' Life, Times, and Ministry

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California
(9 customer reviews)
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The Historical Jesus: Understanding Jesus' Life, Times, and Ministry

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California
(9 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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Embark on the quest for the historical Jesus.

For nearly 2,000 years, Christians have followed the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, called Messiah or Christ in the New Testament. Indeed, no other person has had such a wide-ranging and powerful impact on the history of the Western world. This has compelled scholars and the faithful alike to undertake the quest for knowledge about his life.

Now, you too can take this quest. In this series, you will explore the ways in which contemporary scholarship, scripture, and our culture have approached the life of Jesus. Your guide, Professor David Zachariah Flanagin, is both a historical scholar and Catholic educator, providing a singular and faithful perspective into this fascinating and inspiring subject.

First, you will consider the major issues surrounding knowledge about JesusÕ life. Next, you will look at three well-known reconstructions of

Audio Sample:

Embark on the quest for the historical Jesus.

For nearly 2,000 years, Christians have followed the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, called Messiah or Christ in the New Testament. Indeed, no other person has had such a wide-ranging and powerful impact on the history of the Western world. This has compelled scholars and the faithful alike to undertake the quest for knowledge about his life.

Now, you too can take this quest. In this series, you will explore the ways in which contemporary scholarship, scripture, and our culture have approached the life of Jesus. Your guide, Professor David Zachariah Flanagin, is both a historical scholar and Catholic educator, providing a singular and faithful perspective into this fascinating and inspiring subject.

First, you will consider the major issues surrounding knowledge about JesusÕ life. Next, you will look at three well-known reconstructions of Jesus in the work of contemporary scholars. Finally, you will explore the most fruitful line of inquiry into the historical Jesus: research that situates him firmly within the world of first-century Palestinian Judaism.

The portraits of Jesus do not end here. This course, however, will help you to understand the key issues, the illuminating insights, and the problematic uncertainties that surround the fundamental question, “Who is Jesus?”

As you embark on this journey, you will deepen both your faith and understanding. Begin this quest today.

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David Zachariah Flanagin, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California, where he teaches courses in the development of Christian thought and in biblical studies. His teaching has earned him recognition by the student body as Faculty Member of the Year. Prof. Flanagin received his doctorate in the History of Christianity from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He is the author of a number of articles on late-medieval ecclesiology and biblical interpretation. He is the co-editor (with Christopher M. Bellitto) of Reassessing Reform: A Historical Investigation into Church Renewal, published by Catholic University of America Press. In addition to his academic duties, he lectures frequently at churches on topics in the Bible and theology.
 
Praise for Zach Flanagin
“Zach Flanagin is an outstanding historian… thoroughly grounded in his material, but with special gifts as a lecturer. His works in late medieval spirituality are top-notch and I commend him for searching out the origins of this spirituality in its very beginnings.”– Gerald Christianson, Professor Emeritus of Church History, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary        
 
“Zach Flanagin enjoys the unique combination of deep learning and clear teaching, which is why I recommended him to Now You Know Media. He can communicate complicated subjects in an accessible manner that raises the level of conversation. You will leave his courses with greater insights into church history and the spirituality that drives it.” – Christopher Bellitto, Ph.D., History Department, Kean University
 
“He is an energetic, captivating and enthusiastic lecturer who speaks to both experienced and beginning Bible students. His knowledge and love of the Bible resonates with adults. He not only covers the history and message of each book, but always inspires his listener to find meaning and application for life today.” – Nora Petersen, Director of Adult Formation at St. John Vianney Parish, CA   
 
“I have the privilege of working closely with Professor Flanagin, who is—and I do not exaggerate—one of the most gifted writers and verbal communicators I know. His scholarship in Christian history is influential, and his classroom teaching is masterful.” – Michael Barram, Ph.D., Saint Mary’s College of California

    Theme I: Introducing the Quest
  • So Many Jesuses
  • Looking behind the Gospels: The Oral Window and Translation
  • Genre and Redaction
  • Redaction as Transformation
  • What Do We Mean by the Phrase, “The Historical Jesus”?
  • Understanding the Evidence for Jesus
  • A Shadow of What Is To Come: Typological Interpretation

  • Theme II: Radical Portraits of Jesus
  • Jesus, the Near-Eastern Sage
  • Double Dissimilarity
  • Multiple Attestation, Coherence, and the Coptic Gospel of Thomas
  • Jesus, Jewish Mystic
  • Jesus, Social Reformer
  • Why Did Jesus Die?
  • Jesus, Cynic Philosopher
  • Magic and Meal

  • Theme III: Jesus in His Jewish Context
  • Jesus the Jew
  • The First-Century Jewish Context
  • Diversity and Conflict in First-Century Judaism
  • Jesus in Conflict with the Jewish Leadership
  • Jesus, Herald of the Kingdom, Part I
  • Jesus, Herald of the Kingdom, Part II
  • The Resurrection

9 reviews for The Historical Jesus: Understanding Jesus’ Life, Times, and Ministry

  1. Joseph O., CA

    2015 Spring Survey

    Flanagin’s Historical Jesus: his conversational yet very informational teaching style invites a type of “dialogue” response, plus (finally) the use of video enhancements – photos, summaries, glossaries – to go along with the mere filming of the instructor.

  2. Edward

    Balanced study with good Theology.

    Best analysis that I have come across. Balanced study with good Theology.

  3. Joseph

    The selection and development of topics gives an excellent general overview, allowing one to go into more depth when desired.

    Dr. Flanagin’s style of teaching, a sharing of information gleaned from his studies, reflection, and experience, in a conversational tone (rather than pedantic, academic) brings one (me) into “the class” more personally and vibrantly. His selection and development of topics gives an excellent general overview, allowing one to go into more depth when desired.

  4. John D.

    His presentation is lucid and enthralling.

    Zachariah Flanagin is thoroughly conversant with the subject matter and the contemporary scholarship about Jesus. His presentation is lucid and enthralling. I use it as a major resource in my course on Jesus.

  5. William M., IA

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    It is challenging, creative, and easy to understand.

  6. Tom

    Very fair

    A very fair, articulate introduction into the subject matter.

  7. Kathleen

    Well-organized

    Dr. Flanagin is exceptionally knowledgeable and scholarly, but his presentation style is accessible and he is easy to listen to. The course was well-organized and the content was presented in a logical sequence that made it easy to follow along. Dr. Flanagin covered an incredible amount of information in a concise and succinct manner, and made even challenging concepts and complex topics understandable. I would recommend this course without reservation.

  8. John J S., PA

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    The Historical Jesus: It provides accurate and scholarly information, but it is easily accessible to the educated non-theologian.

  9. Gene K. H., FL

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    The professor’s delivery and the content were excellent. He described the work of others, like the Jesus Seminar, but he expressed original thoughts and ideas as well. His view of Jesus as prophet, teacher, healer, social rebel, and messiah were thought provoking.

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