Saturday, October 31, 2015

Teaching Jesus in the context of Judaic Studies

Jesus “in the Trenches”

Pedagogical Challenges Posed by Teaching the Nazarene in the Context of Judaic Studies

Article from Teaching the Historical Jesus (Routledge, 2015).

By Ken Hanson
Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies
University of Central Florida
October 2015
A case will have to be made that Jesus of Nazareth, or at least the “myth” of Jesus, is particularly important in understanding the Jewish people, and of singular importance in appreciating the course and development of Jewish life, thought, and culture across history. It will, moreover, be argued that failing to approach the Jesus of history and/or myth amounts to a serious deficit in what has classically been termed Wissenschaft des Judentums—the “science of Judaism.”