SMALL GROUP STUDY: Jesus, A Historical Portrait

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published August 2013, and has updated links as of 4/19/2023. This series of 12 articles about the Jesus of History was written by Scripture scholar Daniel J. Harrington, SJ and comes with discussion questions. This would make an excellent resource for a 12-week small group study.]

From March 2006 to February 2007, Franciscan Media released the following series to “help educators and ministers respond to this pastoral need for solid Catholic teaching about the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth.”

From the publisher:

At a time when so many different ideas about Jesus are being circulated, what more authentic source for learning about him than the Gospels? And what better way of studying the New Testament than with an expert who has spent his life pondering and teaching it? Scripture scholar Father Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., is our guide.

The sessions are as follows:

  1. How Do We Know Who Jesus Is? (Mar 2006)
  2. Exploring the World Jesus Knew (Apr 2006)
  3. The Now and Future Kingdom (May 2006)
  4. Listening to the Master’s ‘Voice’ (June 2006)
  5. Miracles: Signs of God’s Presence (July 2006)
  6. Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Aug 2006)
  7. The Truth About Jesus and Women (Sept 2006)
  8. Rendering to Caesar — And to God (Oct 2006)
  9. The Death of Jesus: Then and Now (Nov 2006)
  10. The Resurrection: High Point of History (Dec 2006)
  11. Christianity Takes Root (Jan 2007)
  12. When He Comes Again (Feb 2007)

SOURCE: Jesus: A Historical Portrait,

Image courtesy of: Koenig, Peter. Christ at the Well, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 19, 2023]. Original source: Peter Winfried (Canisius) Koenig,

One thought on “SMALL GROUP STUDY: Jesus, A Historical Portrait

  1. Reblogged this on Leaven in the World and commented:

    This past Friday, Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, one of the world’s foremost New Testament scholars passed away. Today, I share with you a series written by him for, an excellent resource for those involved in adult faith formation (or really, anyone who just wants to know more about the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth).


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