by IRERE RIOS//Staff Writer
For those interested in learning about the coming of Jesus or how to better understand the New Testament, The Life of Christ may be the perfect course to take for the spring semester.
The Life of Christ (Bible 0231) is a humanity course offered by Arlano Funderburk. Funderburk graduated from Texas State University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in English. He also served as the Baptist Student Ministries director at South Plains College from 1972-2012. He began teaching the Life of Christ course in 1973 and continues to do so today.
The course surrounds the major events of Christ’s life, from his birth, baptism, temptations, and resurrection. These events will be used to present how they have affected today, and how they are still relevant. The class takes a deeper look into the teachings of Jesus as presented in the Gospels of the New Testament in the Bible. Students will analyze how Jesus came and what he did, but also the reasoning behind the things he did, according to Funderburk.
Funderburk recommends this course to students because it helps students interpret the Scripture and the background behind it.
“I recommend it because students hear about Jesus in general, but not so much specifically about Jesus,” said Funderburk.
By the end of this course, students can better understand Jesus and the New Testament in terms of where it came from, how we got it and how to interpret it. They can expect to come away with a big appreciation of how much God loves us, according to Funderburk.
“It’s an introductory course,” said Funderburk. “There are no research papers. We have brief papers that will help students better understand miracles Jesus did and stories he’s told.”
No classes are required to be taken before this class. For those considering the ministry after college, Funderburk encourages them to take this class. However, Funderburk also believes that this class is valuable to any student, no matter what their major may be.
The Life of Christ is offered from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesdays in Room 203 of the Administration Building during the spring semester.