Who was Jesus of Nazareth? How did Jesus conceive his relationship to God and his mission to the world? How did the early church envision Jesus' life and mission? Were there differences between Jesus' understanding of himself and that of the early church?
The exploration of these questions has engendered some of the greatest debates in biblical scholarship and "quests" for the "historical Jesus," the most controversial of which have often caught the media's eye and launched into notoriety university scholars, including the group of scholars known as the "Jesus Seminar."
We explored some of these questions in seven sessions from March 10, 2002 to May 12, 2002 using Father Raymond E. Brown's (Auburn Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary NYC) An Introduction to New Testament Christology. Father Brown's goal was to enable "readers to understand the issues and why there is a debate, and thus to gain the biblical background to read further and reflect with discrimination on modern proposals."
Presentations were by David Monyak.
2. What Can Be Discerned About Jesus from His Words Concerning Issues Other than the Kingdom and Himself
An Introduction to New Testament Christology. Raymond Edward Brown. Paulist Press. 1994.
A Marginal Jew : Rethinking the Historical Jesus. Volume 1. The Roots of the Problem and the Person. John P. Meier. Doubleday, 1991
A Marginal Jew : Rethinking the Historical Jesus. Volume 2. Mentor, Message, and Miracles. John P. Meier. Doubleday, 1994
A Marginal Jew : Rethinking the Historical Jesus. Volume 3. Companions and Competitors. John P. Meier. Anchor, 2001
Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 1. The New Testament and the People of God. N. T. Wright. Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1996
Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 2. Jesus and the Victory of God. N. T. Wright. Augsburg Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1997
Christology Revisited. John Macquarrie. Trinity Press, 1998
Jesus. A New Vision. Spirit, Culture, and the Life of Discipleship. Marcus J. Borg. Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1987
Jesus : A Revolutionary Biography, John Dominic Crossan, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1995
The Challenge of Jesus : Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. N. T. Wright. Intervarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 1999
The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, John Dominic Crossan, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 1993.
The Meaning of Jesus : Two Visions, Marcus J. Borg, N. T. Wright, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 2000
Who Do You Say That I Am? Christology and the Church. Ed. by Donald Armstrong. Wm. B. Eerdmans. Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1999.