Welcome to the first unit in our course on the nature of Jesus. In this unit we will examine principles of how to read and understand the Bible. In order to discover the nature of Jesus, we have to start by comprehending the nature of the Bible. The canonical Gospels (i.e., Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in the New Testament will be our primary source of information in our exploration of the question of the identity and nature of Jesus of Nazareth. Comprehending the basic principles of reading and understanding the Gospels will help us learn what they have to say about Jesus.
In this unit, we will also examine the Bible to see what it has to say about itself. Towards the end of this unit we will start to examine the identity and nature of Jesus as taught by the authors of the books of the Bible.
There are six sections in this first unit of this course:
Do make sure to have your Bible and a notebook ready as your progress through each of the sections and units of this course. We encourage you to make use of a good, literal and contemporary translation of the Bible in your study. For this course we will use the English Standard Version (ESV).
Do not hesitate to stop, reflect and to re-examine the material presented. It is not the hurried reading and watching of material that makes for great learning, but rather the careful reflection on the truths communicated that makes for transformed thinking.