Jesus Among the Messiahs of Second Temple Judaism

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)


All the books of the New Testament testify to the confession of Jesus as
Christ, the Messiah. But did Jesus himself bring a messianic identity
to expression, and if he did, what kind of Messiah did he think he was?
In this course, we will familiarize ourselves with the diverse messianic
expectations of Second Temple Judaism.We will study New Testament and
early Jewish texts with the purpose of assessing how Jesus related to
the literary and historical messianic figures of this time.

In addition,
we will scrutinize the methods employed by scholars for reconstructing
the historical Jesus and apply these methods to Gospel passages about
Jesus as the Messiah. We will also approach the question of to what
extent such reconstructions can have any bearing on Jewish-Christian
dialogue today.

Prerequisites and selection


Degree of Bachelor or completed courses of at least 180 credits at first cycle level, of which at least 90 credits with progression in some main field of study where it is included a bachelor's thesis of at least 15 credits. Qualified are also those that have equivalent foreign education or that have equivalent prior knowledge according to earlier study regulation. Applicants must prove knowledge of English: English 5/English A or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.