Dr. Pitre’s powerful presentation will strengthen your faith so that you can not only stand firm and profess that Jesus truly is “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” but also confidently respond to any skeptics you encounter.
Dr. Brant Pitre is Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. He is the author of several articles and the books Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (Baker Academic, 2005), Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Image Books, 2011), Jesus the Bridegroom (Image Books, 2014), Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans, 2015), and The Case for Jesus (Image Books, 2016). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and engaging speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He currently lives in Gray, Louisiana, with his wife Elizabeth, and their five children.
Session 1: Were the Gospels Anonymous?
Can we trust the Gospels? Were these accounts written by individuals with firsthand knowledge of Jesus Christ? Dr. Pitre begins this series by examining why the Gospels are reliable sources of information about Jesus and by looking at the historical evidence that backs up this claim. (Run time: 36 minutes)
Session 2: The Early Church Fathers
The early church is not silent on the authorship of the Gospels. From the earliest members of the Christian faith, the early Church Fathers, we learn how well-attested it was that the Gospels are in fact written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. (Run Time: 34 minutes)
Session 3: Are the Gospels Biographies?
Do the Gospels tell us the truth about Jesus? Or should we view them as folklore, fables, or legends? Dr. Pitre demonstrates how the Gospels are best understood as ancient biographies, and, consequently, as reliable sources of historical information about Jesus. (Run Time: 37 minutes)
Session 4: When Were the Gospels Written?
Some attempt to cast doubt on the reliability of the Gospels, asserting they were written too late in the first century to provide accurate information about Jesus. Is there any evidence that the Gospels were written closer to the events they describe? And how did the disciples’ training as students influence the reliability of their witness? (Run Time: 38 minutes)
Session 5: The Kingdom of God and the Messiah
Who did Jesus claim to be? Who was he? Looking at Jesus’s own words and his fulfillment of two key Old Testament prophecies in the Book of Daniel, Dr. Pitre opens up Jesus’s oft repeated promise to usher in the Kingdom of God. (Run Time: 34 Minutes)
Session 6: Did Jesus Claim to Be God?
What answers can we give skeptics who think that the early Christians exaggerated stories about Jesus and made him out to be something he was not? Dr. Pitre takes an in-depth look at three particular New Testament passages that show Jesus’s revelation of his divinity and his disciples’ understanding that Jesus is the one true God. (Run Time: 34 minutes)
Session 7: The Crucifixion of Jesus
Why would Jesus, who preached about the love of God, detachment form worldly goods, and love of one’s neighbor, be so violently opposed that his enemies arranged his execution? In this session, Dr. Pitre looks at the details surrounding Jesus’s trial and Death and what these details reveal about Jesus and his mission. (Run Time: 37 minutes)
Session 8: The Resurrection of Jesus
What is the Resurrection? What do we mean when we say Jesus “rose from the dead”? Dr. Pitre lays out the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus, focusing on three things: the empty tomb, the appearances of Jesus to his disciples, and the fulfillment of scripture. (Run Time: 44 minutes)
Session 9: Question and Answer
Dr. Pitre takes time to answer numerous questions regarding the material covered over the course of the study. (Run Time: 38 minutes)
This leader kit includes everything a leader needs to present Lectio: The Case for Jesus to a group, whether in a parish or at home. This package includes all nine episodes of Lectio: The Case for Jesus on four DVDs, plus a comprehensive Leader’s Guide (which includes complete Study Guide content).
Be sure to get the full experience of Lectio: The Case for Jesus with this special kit including the DVD set (nine episodes on four DVDs) and the corresponding Study Guide.
Engaging Video Segments
In this nine-session series, Dr. Brant Pitre draws evidence from both early Christian and non-Christian writings attesting to the authenticity, authorship, and dating of the Gospels. Lectio: The Case for Jesus gives an in-depth look at the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s Crucifixion, Resurrection, and the proclamation of Christ’s divinity.
Leader’s Resource Guide
The Lectio: The Case for Jesus Leader’s Resource Guide presents practical help to make the most of adult faith formation in any size study group. Easy to use, with step-by-step instructions, you’ll have the tools you need to bring the richness of the Bible, Church Tradition and History to life through:
- Study Guide content including prayers, video outlines, and discussion questions for each session (to follow along with your participants)
- Guidelines on how to lead a small group study
- A leader overview for each session
- Suggested answers for the program’s discussion questions and daily reflections
- Insights for understanding Sacred Scripture and Tradition
Engaging and accessible for everyone from a first-time Bible study participant to a Lectio veteran, the Lectio: The Case for Jesus Participant Guide enables you to personalize the study for your own spiritual journey. It includes:
- Introductions and prayers for each session
- An outline summary for each video presentation
- Questions to unpack the dynamic teaching
- Daily reflections to deepen your understanding of the teaching
- Space for personal journaling