Jesus Seminar

ERC87: Jesus in Word, Art, and Action (Fall 2022)

From Qocho (Xinjiang, China) 10th Century.

Jesus of Nazareth has had a profound influence on world history. Explanations and conceptions of Jesus have been essential to community formation and definition for two millennia. These images have inspired artists, authors, and advocates across the globe, from antiquity to the present. Yet, these explanations and conceptions have also greatly differed. This seminar explores diverse and often competing ways that Jesus has been explained and portrayed in theology, history, literature, and the arts, as well as how such depiction has influenced action, from early Christian martyrs to modern civil rights champions.