More books have been written about the first century figure Jesus of Nazareth than any other person in human history. Who was he? Some contemporary authors have made provocative claims that he was simply a rural Galilean peasant that started a social uprising, others have described him as a revolutionary intent on overthrowing the Roman Empire, and some have even proposed that he was the figment of the imagination of a new religious movement in the first century. Yet, millions of people during the last two thousand years have proclaimed him to be living and that he is their Lord, Savior and ultimately the second person of the eternal Godhead.
In this course we will explore this central question: Who is Jesus? We will examine the evidence of the canonical Gospels in the New Testament and explore the words of Jesus himself. The word “canonical” comes from the Greek “kanon” which means “rule” or "measuring stick”. This term refers to the sacred texts that the early Church deemed to be inspired, trustworthy and without error. With regards to the nature of Jesus, we are blessed to have four accounts, four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This course is comprised of four units that explores the following topics:
Unit 1: The Four Gospels: Inspiration, Exegesis and Christology
Unit 2: The Birth Narratives of Jesus in the Gospels
Unit 3: Old Testament Fulfillment in the Gospels
Unit 4: The Titles of Jesus in the Gospels
The lead instructor for this course is Dr. Corné Bekker, Professor of Biblical Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences at Regent University. In this course, Dr. Pat Robertson, Dr. David Gyertson and Gordon Robertson, also join us with some older as well contemporary recorded teachings on the nature and identity of Jesus in the Gospels.
Please note that there are self-paced reflection questions in most of the sections and a final reflection exercise at the end of the course. These exercises will help you to review and assess your learning and comprehension in the course.
Finally, this course is designed to provide the participants with substantial knowledge about the life, teachings, and nature of Jesus Christ. However, the for-credit version of this course, which will be available within the next several months, will require additional work, materials, and assessments that will be made available at that time.