THC3200 Jesus & Mission in the Shadow of Empire

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Greg Kame

Course Description:

Examines the development of the New Testament against the background of ancient empires. Students will understand the cultural claims of Jews and Christians that their God was the true King and Emperor. Students will engage in discussions, book reviews, research, quizzes, and other assignments to understand Jesus teachings in the shadow of the ancient empires.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Bible students should be aware that the events of the Bible did not take place in a vacuum. Understanding the context of ancient empires, and particularly that of Rome, is important for proper exegesis, preaching, and teaching. Most critically, students should understand and be able to explain the relationship between Jews and Romans and how that affected the way Jesus spoke and did ministry. Understanding these contexts and relationships will enable the student to identify, understand, and address the different contexts and influences in contemporary ministry.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course will help students gain a general overview of how the New Testament developed in response to the influence some of the largest ancient empires had on the Jewish people. The course will prepare students to read and understand the Bible as a reaction to empire and to apply the biblical message as a response to imperial powers in every age.