The Person and Work of Christ – THEO 313

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of the Person and work of Christ as revealed through Messianic prophecy, the Incarnation and His ministry as Prophet, Priest, and King. Special attention is given to the contributions of John and Paul to a full understanding of this doctrine.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

As believers in Christ and servants of God to the body of Christ, Christians are ever working to come to an increasingly complete view of the Christian faith in its wholeness. Particularly its basis, its foundation, and the fact that God has come in space and time in Jesus Christ and revealed Himself to humanity in order to reconcile humanity to Him. From this reality all else springs, the saving moment of God Himself to humanity that the world may know Him that is life eternal. It is for this and related reasons that the person and work of Christ must have active attention, acknowledgement, understanding, and response.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe major Christological concepts contained in ancient Church Councils and controversies.
  2. Assess the deity of Jesus Christ on the basis of salient texts within the Holy Scriptures.
  3. Assess the real humanity of Jesus Christ on the basis of salient texts within the Holy Scriptures.
  4. Evaluate various views related to Jesus Christ’s deity, sacrificial death, resurrection, and second coming.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forum

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. the student will complete 1 Discussion Board Forum in this course based upon Bart D. Ehrman, How Jesus Became God and Michael F. Bird, et al., How God Became Jesus. The thread must be 400–600 words, and include support from the Reading & Study material, pertinent examples, critical analysis, and at least 1 biblical principle. The student must also reply to 2 classmates' threads. Each reply must be 400–500 words, and include support from the Reading & Study materials, pertinent examples, thoughtful analysis, and 2–3 references to Scripture. Current Turabian formatting must be used.(Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Book Review

In order to complete THEO 313 successfully, the student will write a 1,000–1,200-word book review of Robert M. Bowman Jr., and J. Ed. Komoszewski, Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007). (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Research Paper: Thesis Statement, Outline, and Bibliography

The student will submit his/her research paper thesis statement, outline, and bibliography. The bibliography must include at least 10 scholarly sources (excluding course textbooks and the Bible). The thesis statement must be a single sentence, and must present a debatable claim to be defended in the course of the Research Paper. The outline must include the title, major headings, and minor headings. This assignment must be in current Turabian format. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Research Paper

The student will write a 3,000–3,500-word research paper on an approved topic and in collaboration with the instructor. This assignment must include at least 10 sources, and use current Turabian format. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D)

Tests (4)

The student will complete 4 tests. The tests will consist of a variety of assessment tools including short answer, essay, multiple choice, and true/false questions. Study guides are available for each test. The student will be allotted 60 minutes to complete each test. Each test may only be taken once; multiple attempts are not allowed. Each test is open-book and open-notes. Each essay must be 100–150 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Presentation Quizzes (8)

The student will complete the required visual presentations each module/week and report the completion each week in Blackboard. The student will have 15 minutes to answer 1 either/or question. (MLO: A, B, C, D)