Who Was or Is Jesus? (HA)

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REL 352
Spring 2018
Elaine H. Pagels
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What do we actually know about Jesus of Nazareth? An actual person? If so, what kind of person? We'll look first at the earliest sources -- various accounts in the New Testament, statements by Jewish and Roman historians, and ancient gospels not in the NT (i.e., the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene). Then we'll explore an enormous range of ways that various people, Christian or not, have interpreted Jesus and his message throughout two thousand years to the present -- in art, music, poetry, writing, theology, politics, and film.