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Jesus Among the Messiahs of Second Temple Judaism

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: RT2517

The course is not given as a stand-alone course this academic year, but can be included in the program/course package. For information contact the department.

About the Course

All the books of the New Testament testify to the confession of Jesus as Christ, the Messiah. But did Jesus himself bring a messianic identity to expression, and if he did, what kind of Messiah did he think he was? In this course, we will familiarize ourselves with the diverse messianic expectations of Second Temple Judaism. We will study New Testament and early Jewish texts with the purpose of assessing how Jesus related to the literary and historical messianic figures of this time. In addition, we will scrutinize the methods employed by scholars for reconstructing the historical Jesus and apply these methods to Gospel passages about Jesus as the Messiah. We will also approach the question of to what extent such reconstructions can have any bearing on Jewish-Christian dialogue today. 

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Tuition Fee

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EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Kristina Svensson +46 31 786 4519


Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Box 200
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Renströmsgatan 6

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