RLB220 Marginal christologies

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Dalibor Papoušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. David Zbíral, Ph.D.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Sedlářová
Supplier department: Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/30, only registered: 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course investigates contemporary christologies exceeding the frame of Christianity. It is aimed at three topics: (1) the Marxist Jesus (Jesus as a revolutionist, the mythological school); (2) the Jewish Jesus (the concept of the Messianic Jews); (3) the transcultural Jesus (Ahmadiyya and European esoteric movements).
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to:
  • demonstrate the basic factual knowledge of the marginal christologies the course focuses on;
  • analyze critically marginal christologies in their contemporary social context;
  • interpret marginal christologies as a manifestation of contemporary mythmaking;
  • reflect critically marginal christologies as a "border problem" in general academic typologies.
  • Syllabus
    • Introduction to the course.
    • Marxist Jesus I: Classic Marxists and their followers.
    • Marxist Jesus II: The mythological versus historical school in the Soviet research of Jesus.
    • Class discussion: Main representatives of the Marxist approach toward the figure of Jesus.
    • Class discusion: Contemporary denial of Jesus' historicity.
    • Jewish Jesus I: The formation and development of the Messianic Jews movement.
    • Jewish Jesus II: Messianic Jews between Christianity and Judaism.
    • Class discussion: Paul of Tarsus in the conception of Messianic Jews.
    • Transcultural Jesus I: Nicholas Notovitch and the discovery of the „fifth gospel“.
    • Transcultural Jesus II: Jesus' burial in Shrinagar and the movement of Ahmadiyya.
    • Class discussion: Holger Kersten and the transcultural Jesus.
    • Class discussion: The earliest traditions about Jesus' activities in India.
      recommended literature
    • DOLEŽALOVÁ, Iva, Luther H. MARTIN and Dalibor PAPOUŠEK. The academic study of religion during the Cold War: east and west. 1st ed. New York et al.; Bern et al.: Peter Lang, 2001. 336 pp. Toronto studies in religion; vol. 27. ISBN 0-8204-5151-7. info
    • Grammatica, Alvaro. Mesiánští židé a Mesiáš v kontextu současné židovské rozpravy o Ježíši z Nazareta. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, 2014.
    • Hornung, Andreas. Messianische Juden zwischen Kirche und Volk Israel: Entwicklung und Begründung ihres Selbstverständnisses. Giessen – Basel: Brunnen 1995.
    • Fader, H. Louis. The Issa Tale That Will Not Die: Nicholas Notovitch and His Fraudulent Gospel. Lanham – Boulder – New York – Toronto – Oxford: University Press of America 2003.
    • Klatt, Norbert. Lebte Jesus in Indien? Eine religionsgeschichtliche Klärung. Göttingen: Wallstein 1988.
    Teaching methods
    Lectures; class presentation of chosen topics; semestral written commentaries on assigned texts; class discussions; presentation and defense of colloquial essay.
    Assessment methods
    Requirements for the colloquium:
  • semestral presentation of a chosen topic;
  • two semestral written commentaries on assigned texts;
  • at least one presentation in class discusion concerning commentaries;
  • colloquial essay elaborating the chosen topic, including its defense.
    The final assessment includes: semestral presentation of a chosen topic, semestral commentaries and a presentation in class discussions (100 points in a ratio 50:40:10 = 50%, limit 60 points); colloquial essay (100 points = 50%, limit 60 points).
  • Language of instruction
    Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
    The course is taught once in two years.
    The course is taught: every week.
    Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo religionistiku je podmíněn souhlasem vyučujícího.
    Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
    The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Spring 2014, Spring 2018.
    • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2021, recent)
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