Welcome to revJohn and this inaugural online course called Google Jesus. The purpose off this course is to discover more about Jesus, allowing you to work at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.
If you put the name “Jesus” in a search engine, you’ll get back over 211 million results. With so many options, it’s difficult to find really helpful sites, especially scholarly sites. Consequently, with this course, we’ll visit some important web sites and explore key resources available on the internet.
Each week on Sunday evening for four weeks, beginning tonight, I’ll post several bite-sized assignments for you to complete. Most will take only a few minutes to complete. For those doing the optional reading assignment (see below), I’ll also post a few question for you to consider. Each week you can also respond to a question we’ll consider as an online learning community.
It is sometimes difficult for faithful Christians to think of Jesus as a man, a human being who lived and died at a particular point in history in a particular geography. This week’s assignment helps us locate Jesus to the
Begin by reading Matthew 11:-20-24. Note the specific villages/cities mentioned.
Go to Maps of War and play History of Religion. Take note of what changes and what stays the same on the map. (Click here)
Check out several aerial maps, especially,
Read Jonathan Reed’s article Excavating Jesus. (Click here)
Listen to archaeologist James Strange talk about Sepphoris. (Click here)
Read Rami Arav’s discussion of
Online Question of the Week
What do you make of the fact that the gospels do not report Jesus visiting or preaching in Tiberias and Sepphoris?
Reading Assignment – Jesus and the Land
Read Chapter 1, pp 17-38
How does the author describe the inhabitants of
Order Charles Page’s Jesus and the Land from Amazon. (Click here)