Seminar in Third Quest is a study of the Historical Jesus, particularly contemporary
literature about him. The class is designed to help the student master the
critical issues in determining who Jesus was from the historical and
sociological data at our disposal. It is a senior level course which will make
certain assumptions about the level of ability and interest in the students
which will be reflected in the course schedule below. There are two parts to
the class. For the first six weeks we will meet together and discuss two
topics per week based on the book to be read for that week. There will be a
three week interim for students to work on their papers. The remaining seven
weeks will be given to reading and evaluating student papers, two per week.
(The class is scheduled for Thursdays 1:30-3:30 p.m.).
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
01/28 A Brief History of the Quests
N. T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.
02/04 Shifting Methodology � Source Criticism to Paradigm
E. P. Sanders, Jesus and Judaism. Philadelphia: Fortress; London: SCM, 1985.
02/11 The Eschatology of Jesus
Borg, Marcus. Conflict, Holiness and Politics in the Teachings of Jesus. New York/Toronto:
The Edwin Mellen Press, 1984.
02/18 Paradigms of the Third Quest
Evans, Craig. Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies. Boston: Brill, 2001.
02/25 History and economics of first century Palestine
Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospel as Eyewitness Testimony. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.
03/04 Sociology of first century Palestine
John Dominic. Crossan, The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant.
San Francisco: Harper, 1991.
TERM PAPER TOPICS:
Each student will be responsible for producing a major paper, 15-20 pages in length, that develops one of the following topics with the same depth of analysis and application reflected in our class discussions. All papers are due via email on Monday, May 15 by noon:
FOR THIRD QUEST:
*Allison, Dale C. Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998.
Bock, Darrell L. Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2002.
*Borg, Marcus. Conflict, Holiness and Politics in the Teachings of Jesus. New York/Toronto: The Edwin Mellen Press, 1984.
---. A New Vision: Spirit, Culture, and the Life of Discipleship. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.
Borg, Marcus, and Wright, N.T. The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1998.
Bornkamm, G�nther. Jesus of Nazareth. Translated by Irene and Fraser McLuskey and James M. Robinson. New York: Harper, 1960. Original German, Jesus von Nazareth, 1956.
*Brandon, S. G. F. Jesus and the Zealots: A Study of the Political Factory in Primitive Christianity. Manchester: Manchester U. P., 1967.
Bultmann, Rudolph. History of the Synoptic
Tradition. Translated by John Marsh. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1963.
Charlesworth, James H. The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.
---. Jesus within Judaism: New Light from Exciting Archaeological Discoveries. London: SPCK, 1988.
Chilton, Bruce. Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography. New York: Doubleday, 2000.
*Crossan, John Dominic. The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant. San Francisco: Harper, 1991.
Cullmann, Oscar. Jesus and the Revolutionaries. Translated by Gareth Putnam. New York: Harper and Row, 1970.
Dawes, Gregory W. The Historical Jesus Question. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.
Ehrman, Bart D. Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
---. “Jesus of Nazareth: Who Do Scholars Say That He Is? A Review Article” Crux 23/4 (1987): 15-19.
Fiorenza, Elisabeth Sch�ssler. In Memory of Her. New York: Crossroads, 1983.
*Funk, Robert W., Roy W. Hoover, and the Jesus Seminar. The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus. New York: Macmillan, 1993.
*Guti�rrez, Gustavo. Teolog�a de la Liberaci�n: Perspectivas. Salamanca Ediciones S�gueme, 1985.
*Horsley, Richard. Bandits, Prophets, & Messiahs. 1985. Repr., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International, 1999.
---. Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2003.
*---. Jesus and the Spiral of Violence: Popular
Jewish Resistance in Roman Palestine. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987.
Keener, Craig. The Historical Jesus of the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
Linnemann, Eta. Is There a Synoptic Problem: Rethinking the Literary Dependence of the First Three Gospels. Translated by Robert W. Yarbrough. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1992.
*Malina, Bruce. The Social Gospel of Jesus: The Kingdom of God in Mediterranean Perspective. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2000.
Martin, Raymond. The Elusive Messiah: A Philosophical Overview of the Quest for the Historical Jesus. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1999.
*McKnight, Scot. A New Vision for Israel: The Teachings of Jesus in National Context. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999.
Meier, John P. Companions and Competitors. Vol. 3 of A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. New York: Doubleday, 2001.
*---. Mentor, Message, and Miracles. Vol. 2 of A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. New York: Doubleday, 1994.
---. The Roots of the Problem and the Person. Vol. 1 of A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. New York: Doubleday, 1991.
*Meyer, Ben F. The Aims of Jesus. London: SCM, 1979.
Newman, Carey C., ed. Jesus and the Restoration of Israel: A Critical Assessment of N.T. Wright’s Jesus and the Victory of God. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1999.
Neyrey, Jerome, ed. The Social World of Luke-Acts. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1991.
Patterson, Stephen J. The God of Jesus: The Historical Jesus and the Search for Meaning. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press, 1998.
*Sanders, E. P. Jesus and Judaism.
Philadelphia: Fortress; London: SCM, 1985.
---. The Historical Figure of Jesus. London: Penguin Books, 1993.
Sch�rer, E. The History of the Jewish People in the Age of Jesus Christ (175B.C. – A.D. 135), Rev. and Ed. G. Vermes, F. Millar, and M. Black. 3 Vols. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1973-87.
Schweitzer, Albert. The Quest of the Historical Jesus. London: Adam & Charles Black, 1906.
*Smith, Morton. Jesus the Magician. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1978.
Stegemann, W., Malina, B., and Theissen, G. The Social Setting of Jesus and the Gospels. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002.
Stegemann, E., and Stegemann, W. The Jesus Movement. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999.
Theissen, Gerd. The Shadow of the Galilean. Translated by J. Bowden. London: SCM, 1987.
---. Social Reality and the Early Christians. Translated by Margaret Kohl. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992.
Theissen, Gerd and Merz, Annete. The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998.
Trocme, Andre. Jesus and the Nonviolent Revolution. Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1973.
*Twelftree, G. H. Jesus the Exorcist: A Contribution to the Study of the Historical Jesus. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 1993.
*Vermes, G. Jesus in His Jewish Context. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.
---. Jesus the Jew: A Historian’s Reading of the Gospels. London: Collins, 1973.
Weiss, Johannes. Jesus’ Proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Edited by Richard Hiers and David Holland. 1895. Repr., London: SCM, 1971.
Witherington, Ben. The Christology of Jesus. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990.
---. The Jesus Quest: The Third Search for the Jews of Nazareth. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 1995.
*---. Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994.
*---. The Many Faces of the Christ: The Christologies of the New Testament and Beyond. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1998.
*Wright, N. T. Jesus and the Victory of God. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.
---. The New Testament and the People of God. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992.
Previously Written Papers:
Andy Rodriguez: The Social Outworking of the Kingdom of God
Dan Hamel: An Examination of Jesus’ Table Praxis