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Jesus Among the Messiahs of Second Temple Judaism

Master's level | 7.5 credits | Course code: RT2517
Spring 2020
50% Distance
Period: 20 January 2020 - 25 March 2020
2 Closed GU-24883
Spring 2020
50% Day
Period: 20 January 2020 - 25 March 2020
2 Closed GU-24884
2) Only EU/EEA citizens and students with approved residence permit in Sweden can apply

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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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: Degree of Bachelor or completed courses of at least 180 credits at first cycle level, of which at least 90 credits with progression in some main field of study where it is included a bachelor's thesis of at least 15 credits. Qualified are also those that have equivalent foreign education or that have equivalent prior knowledge according to earlier study regulation. Applicants must prove knowledge of English: English 5/English A or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection: Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full course cost: 10 502 SEK
First payment: 10 502 SEK

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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