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  • *mainly Caucasian *very attractive
  • *face was created using skulls carbon-dated to the approximate time Jesus lived on Earth *reflects the typical physical traits of a Palestinian man of Jesus’ millieu
  • *refer students to the handout, “Development of the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles”
  • *refer students to handout, “Five Historical Facts About Jesus That Will Never Change”

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  • WHO IS JESUS? Introduction to Unit 2: CHRISTOLOGY
  • So what’s your “J.Q.”?
    • As a group, try to get
    • as many correct
    • answers as possible.
    • Select a recorder.
    • Whisper so that the other
    • groups don’t hear!
  • QUESTION 1
    • What was Jesus’
    • FULL NAME?
  • QUESTION 2
    • Who were Jesus’ parents? Where were they from ?
  • QUESTION 3
    • Who are some of Jesus’ relatives that are mentioned in the Bible?
  • QUESTION 4
    • When was
    • Jesus born? Where was he raised?
  • QUESTION 5
    • What was Jesus’ nationality? Religious affiliation?
  • QUESTION 6
    • What did he
    • look like?
  • QUESTION 7
    • How old was Jesus
    • at the time of his death?
  • QUESTION 8
    • What made
    • Jesus angry?
  • QUESTION 9
    • What made
    • Jesus cry?
  • QUESTION 10
    • What makes Jesus different from all other religious leaders?
  • Let`s see how you did! Keep track of your correct responses. Use a different colour. Remember – this is RELIGION class…
  • QUESTION 1
    • What was Jesus’
    • FULL NAME?
  • Possible responses:
    • Jesus didn’t have a last name
    • Jesus of Nazareth
    • Jesus Son of Joseph (Yeshua bar Joseph)
    • Jesus the Carpenter
    • Jesus of the House of David
  • QUESTION 2
    • Who were Jesus’ parents? Where were they from?
  • Possible responses:
    • Mary is his mother
    • Joseph is his adoptive father
      • A descent of the House of David
      • Ancestral hometown is Bethlehem
    • Both were from the town of Nazareth
  • QUESTION 3
    • Who are some of Jesus’ relatives that are mentioned in the Bible?
  • Possible responses:
    • Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin)
    • John the Baptist (Jesus’ cousin)
    • David (part of Joseph’s ancestral family)
    • Anne and Joachim (Mary’s parents)
  • QUESTION 4
    • When was
    • Jesus born? Where was he raised?
  • Possible responses:
    • Not on December 25 th …
      • A date later adopted by the early Church
      • Pagan feast of the Sun; allowed Christians to secretly celebrate Christmas without being caught
    • Given the fact that the North Star was visible, shepherds were tending sheep and the time of the census, it is more than likely that Jesus was born sometime during the Spring
    • Raised in Nazareth
  • QUESTION 5
    • What was Jesus’ nationality? Religious affiliation?
  • Possible responses:
    • Hebrew, Israelite
    • Jewish
  • QUESTION 6
    • What did he
    • look like?
  • Possible responses:
    • Dark skin – he is lived in the Middle East
    • Dark eyes
    • Full beard – as was socially and religiously expected
    • Thin – he was poor
  • Not like this…
  • … more like this…
  • QUESTION 7
    • How old was Jesus
    • at the time of his death?
  • Possible responses:
    • The generally accepted age is 33
    • The Gospel of Luke (3:23) describes how Jesus began his ministry at “about 30 years of age”; he died approximately 3 years into his ministry
  • QUESTION 8
    • What made
    • Jesus angry?
  • Possible responses:
    • The hypocrisy of the Pharisees
      • There are many examples of Jesus chastising religious leaders for their misinterpretation of The Law for their own benefit and for their lack of compassion.
    • Defiling of the Temple
      • i.e. money lenders using the Temple as a
      • marketplace
  • QUESTION 9
    • What made
    • Jesus cry?
  • Possible responses:
    • The death of his friend, Lazarus
      • He later performed a miracle and raised Lazarus from the dead.
    • Feeling abandoned just before his arrest in the garden of Gethsemane
  • QUESTION 10
    • What makes Jesus different from all other religious leaders?
  • Possible responses:
    • Jesus is the only religious leader who is BOTH human and divine
      • He rose from the dead (resurrection)
      • He ascended into Heaven
      • Seen to be walking among the living after his resurrection – witnessed by hundreds
      • Jesus existed prior to his life on Earth – he is God!
    • Mohammed, Buddha and Confucius all died
      • Never again seen after their deaths
  • What have you ever wondered about Jesus?
    • What are your questions about Jesus?
      • Childhood
      • Details of his adult life
  • Where in the World?
    • Modern-day Israel
    • Roman province of Palestine, 1 st century A.D.
  • Jesus and the Gospels
    • Even though each of the Gospels reveal the truth about was Jesus said (teaching) and did (miracles, etc.), they cannot be relied upon as accurate historical accounts.
      • Remember the importance of literal vs. contextual reading…
    • The writers of the Gospels were not actually eye-witnesses to Jesus’ life and did not know him personally
      • The writers were disciples of the Disciples of Jesus; each wrote for a specific community of believers
  • A Bit More on the Gospels…
    • The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are known as the Synoptic Gospels because they report similar events in a similar fashion; the patterns in the Gospels are similar
  • Five Historical Facts About Jesus That Will NEVER Change:
    • Jesus was a real person who actually lived in history. No one disputes this fact.
    • We have reliable eye-witness testimony to Jesus’ life in the New Testament documents.
    • There can be no doubt that Jesus claimed to be God.
    • Jesus proclaimed that he was the only way to God.
    • Jesus proved WHAT and WHO he was by rising from the dead.
  • Along came a movie that shook the world to its core…
    • The Da Vinci Code was released in 2006, based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown, written in 2004.
  • What the Film Asserts…
    • “ What I mean,” Teabing countered, “is that everything our fathers taught us about Christ is false. As are the stories about the Holy Grail.”
    • (Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code)
  • What the film Asserts…
    • The gospels are not historically accurate . The Roman Catholic Church instigated a cover-up of some 80 gospel accounts that shed new light on the identity of Jesus.
    • Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and she and their bloodline are the Holy Grail.
    • The truth about this has been hidden but kept alive by a secret society called the “ Priory of Sion ”, which was lead by people like Da Vinci.
    • The early church did not believe that Jesus was divine . Instead, they “voted” for His divinity and the bible at the council of Nicaea in the fourth century.
  • The Consequences of this Film:
    • People are confused about who Jesus really is – historically and biblically
    • The divinity of Christ has come into question
    • Suspicion about certain decisions made by the Church throughout history  a conspiracy theory
  • By the time you are finished watching The Da Vinci Code:
    • You will be able to appreciate (or not) as a mere work of FICTION that contains numerous religious lies.
    • You will be able to address and CORRECT all of the misinformation.
      • This will be the focus of your assignment for this unit…