Life of Christ Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Byrd Business Building, rm 316

Amarillo Bible Chair, 2501 S Jackson Street 

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Contact me in AC Connect or by phone for an appointment.

Office:  806-877-2489

Cell: 804-852-0515

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RELG-2301-001 Life of Christ


Course Description

The life of Jesus Christ as presented in the four gospel accounts along with the principal tenets of His teaching chronologically harmonized and integrated.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Your Personal Bible, Bruce M. Metzger, The New Testament: Its Background, Growth and Content, 3rd Edition, revised, 2012 (ISBN: 9781426772498); AND this syllabus.  Additional reading material is Just Jesus,  Dr. James T. South, 2012. ISBN 978-1936341429


Your textbooks, syllabus, a dictionary, pens or pencils, notebook paper or a notebook, and access to a computer to complete assignments and review class materials. Access to library materials is necessary for the successful completion of this course.  

Student Performance

  1. Reading. A careful reading of all the assigned sections of the textbooks (see the class outline that begins on this syllabus to find your specific reading assignments), and all informational sheets given to you online.
  2. Testing. There will be weekly quizzes and a final exam. See Course Outline for the dates of these exams. 
  3. Research papers. Read any one of the four gospels until you read something that you do not understand. It may be something that seems contrary to the life of Jesus, like cursing a fig tree. Write a 2-3 page paper defining the problem in the first part, and in the second part offer a solution from your research in commentaries or other scholarly material.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior


All students are required to follow the AC Student Rights/Responsibilities Statement (On the internet, go to  and look under the “campus bookmarks”).          

Grading Criteria

COURSE GRADE BREAKDOWN:                         COURSE GRADING SCALE:                 

Weekly Quizzes                  70%                             90-100               A

Research                            15%                             80-89                 B

Final Examination               15%                             70-79                 C      

                                          100%                             60-69                 D

                                                                0-59                  F





Part I: Introduction; Did Jesus Exist?

Week 1          3/21                    

Introduction/Course Requirements/Attendance/Books 

Topic: "Did Jesus live historically?"

  1. The Jesus of history vs the Christ of faith.
  2. Did Jesus Ever Live? (The Mangarsarian-Crapsey debate: held in Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Jan. 21, 1908).
  3. Introduction and Preface to Just Jesus. The Evidence of History, Dr. James T. South, 2012.  
  4. Just Jesus, chapter 2/read and answer questions                                                                   
Week 2          3/28         

Topic: "How do we know about Jesus?" Chapter 2, Just Jesus

  1. Pagan (neither Christian or Jewish) authors, Jewish authors, and Biblical material.
  2. Introduction to some of the non-biblical materials.  


Week 3          4/4                    

Topic: "When, Where, and How Did Jesus Live?", Chapter 3, Just Jesus

  1. YouTube: "Capernaum, the town of Jesus." 10.39 minutes
  2. YouTube: "Why did Jesus move to Capernaum?" 13.02 minutes
  3. YouTube: "First Pilgrim (Helena) to the Holy Land." 59.49 minutes


Week 4         4/11

Topic: "How Jewish was Jesus?", Chapter 4, Just Jesus

  1. Frederich Delitzsch denounced any relationship between Christianity and Judaism.
  2. Marcion's (85-147 AD) view of the Old Testament.


Week 5         4/18    

Topic: "Who Did Jesus Claim to Be?", Chapter 5, Just Jesus

  1. See The Names of Jesus, Rubel Shelly. 1999.
  2. Significance of "Son of Man"         


Week 6         4/25    

Topic: "Why and How Did Jesus Die?" Chapter 6, Just Jesus

  1. Note connection to questions raised in Chapter 3.
  2. Understanding the cross and sin; Jesus' death cannot be explained fully apart from it.   


Week 7         5/2 

Topic: "Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?", Chapter 7, Just Jesus

  1. Importance of the resurrection in Christianity.
  2. Read the chapter and answer questions.


Week 8        5/9     

Topic: "Can We Know Jesus?", Chapter 8, Just Jesus

  1. Note what Jesus taught and how He taught by parables.
  2. Final exam during week 8.   



The course requirements and calendar outlined above are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.  Students will be notified in class, at AC Connect, or by email if any changes have to be made to these course requirements or to the course outline.

Additional Information

OFFICE:   Amarillo Bible Chair, 2501 S. Jackson Street

EMAIL:; and/or in AC Connect. 

OFFICE HOURS: call or email

PHONE:           806-372-5747, Amarillo Bible Chair Office, 2501 S. Jackson

                         804-852-0515, Cell 


Online communication will be achieved between students and the professor by using AC Connect.  It is the student's responsibility to check for email messages and announcements regarding this class by clicking on AC Connect at the top of the Amarillo College home page, and then clicking on the icon identifying this class.  You will be able to communicate with both your classmates and professor, check your syllabus and reviews for the examinations, and find your grades posted there.


All matters of academic dishonesty including plagiarism, collusion, and fabrication and cheating will result in a failing grade for the assignment in question.  All violations will be reported to the proper college authorities for review.

OBJECTIVES AND GOALS: We will identify and describe the world of first century Judaism in the context of its life in the Roman Empire.  We will also seek to understand how “Christianity” was born and blossomed in both those environments.  In so doing, we will also introduce, analyze and integrate the historical and literary contexts of each of the four gospels, address the issue of the so-called “synoptic problem,” and consider the validity and truthfulness of the additional “apocryphal” gospels which are not included in the New Testament.  The successful student will demonstrate his/her knowledge of the contents and background of the New Testament by obtaining a minimum of at least 70% competency in the stated student learning outcomes.


  • To understand the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that Biblical scholars and comparative religionists use to investigate and understand the New Testament.
  • To effectively summarize the contents of each of the four gospels included in the New Testament.
  • To identify and effectively analyze the origins, historical, social, and cultural emphasis of each of the four gospels.
  • To identify and effectively analyze the various literary genres and styles found in the four gospels.
  • To recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the understanding and explanation of the historical evidence for, and principle teachings regarding, the Life of Christ.
  • To put a special focus on the teaching of Christ himself.
  • To demonstrate the ability to use the basic research tools available in the field of religion, and draw reasonable conclusions on the basis of careful personal study.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within the diverse cultures the first century C.E. and today, and how the Christian scriptures may be valuable in both.


If a student scores below 70% on an exam or writing assignment, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per the instructor’s directions before being allowed to complete the next assigned work. Free tutoring is available at Ware Tutoring Center, located at Ware Student Commons 1st Floor, 806-371-5458.

Syllabus Created on:

03/03/22 8:35 AM

Last Edited on:

05/04/23 10:03 PM