COLL-E 103 22720 Images of Jesus in Western Culture (Brakke)(A & H)(3 cr.)

Who is (or was) Jesus of Nazareth? The mysterious suffering messiah in the Gospel of Mark or the divine messenger of self-awareness in the "heretical" Gospel of Thomas? The manly preacher of capitalist ambition in Bruce Barton's novel The Man Nobody Knows or the reluctant and tempted Son of God in the movie The Last Temptation of Christ? This course will not try to answer the question of who Jesus "really" is or was. Instead, we will study how ancient Christians and people in modern America and Europe have produced different images of Jesus that reflect the issues and values of their times. Requirements will include two tests, two papers, and participation in a weekly discussion meeting. Students must also be able to attend evening screenings of six movies during the semester.