How Children can Help Us Understand the Teachings of Jesus

Code: PT5/721

Dates: July 3, 2023 - July 7, 2023

Time: 2:00 pm for 3 Hours

Working with kids in the twenty-first century? Wondering what Jesus’ life was like when he was a boy? Pondering why Jesus spoke of children as model disciples? Questioning why children appear in so many of Jesus’ healing stories? Come to understand how Jesus’ ministry in the first century helps your work with children today and how the lives of children can help us understand the teaching of Jesus for the whole church now.

This course will be intersectional, paying attention to gender, freeborn or enslaved status, as well as ethnicity. The course will also employ sources from the Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds, in an attempt to understand similarities and differences with early Christian understandings of children and childhood. Modern discussions of children and childhood will also be consulted in order to deconstruct Western presumptions of what it means to be a child and engage with an awareness of the cultural nature of children and childhood.

Available in-person & online.

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