Course Information

Discover the Lord’s Prayer afresh.  In contrast to the traditional view that has dominated its exegesis for the last 100 years, discover an alternative understanding of the Prayer’s aim, especially as it relates to nonviolence.  Gain insights into the extent that the Prayer goes back to Jesus, the original language of the Prayer, and the background issues around its formation.  Also, discover the important historical issues concerning the differences between Matthew’s and Luke’s version of the Prayer.  Was the doxology original?  How many petitions were in the prayer?  What is the import of addressing God as “Father”? Now you will be able to knowingly address the background, textual differences and interpretation of this important piece of Christian tradition.

How Courses Work

All of our courses are offered via online live attendance (using free webinar software, for which we provide a link). Each course is six weeks long, meeting online once a week on the same day at the same time. The weekly sessions run 90 minutes: 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for Q&R. A maximum of 15 students will be randomly selected to participate in the Q&R sessions (system-generated). If a student misses a course session, the talk/lecture will still be available online for 60 days, but the live chat room interaction will not be available.

Live Class Dates

The course begins Mar 21, 2017 and runs weekly at 6PM EST. The live class dates are as follows:
  • Mar 21 – Session 1
  • Mar 28 – Session 2
  • Apr 4 – Session 3
  • Apr 18 – Session 4 (Note dating)
  • Apr 25 – Session 5
  • May 2 – Session 6

Full course details, including session titles and attachments, are available upon registration.

Required Texts

The Disciples’ Prayer
Jeffrey B. Gibson
Fortress Press, 2015

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About The Instructor

Jeffrey B. Gibson is adjunct instructor of humanities and religious studies at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he is the author of The Disciple’s Prayer (2015), The Temptations of Jesus in Early Christianity (1995) and has published articles and reviews in the Journal of Theological StudiesThe Bible TranslatorThe Expository TimesReligionThe Journal for the Study of the New TestamentThe Dictionary of New Testament BackgroundEerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible, and The Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus.

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