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Writing a character analysis on Jesus ChristThis is for my son in his Senior English...

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angelagrissom | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2009 at 5:33 PM via web

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Writing a character analysis on Jesus Christ

This is for my son in his Senior English class.

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booksnmore | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 8, 2009 at 5:50 PM (Answer #2)

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Are you asking for characteristics of Jesus Christ? If so, you have extensive choices: Redeemer, Savior, friend, Father, part of the Trinity, leader, King. One aspect that would be interesting to focus on is how he came as a lowly baby, born in a manger, rather than as the glorified royalty that many expected. To help you get started you may want to consider Bible passages directly addressing various aspects of Christ such as those found in the first link. A single passage from Isaiah 9:6 (second link) reveals a myriad of different characteristics that may provide a starting point:

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. [New International Version]

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 8, 2009 at 6:40 PM (Answer #3)

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It is really a challenge to write a character analysis on this topic.  Yet, I'll open the discourse.  I think that in trying to compose some level of analyis of characters, I would suggest that a couple of areas receive attention.  The first would be the primary motivation of the character.  What is the primary motivation and how does this guide the character's actions?  Another element that can be used is character evolution.  How does the character change over the course of "the work"?  Discussing this change could help offer much in the way of explanation of the character and their growth over the course of time.  Finally, what would be some character traits which would best represent the character?  I would spend some time devoted to this question, as well.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 9, 2009 at 5:20 AM (Answer #4)

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I would answer an assignment on the character of Jesus Christ in a very methodical way. I might approach it chronologically because I like to be methodical and precise, so I might even start before He was born with Messiah predictions from ancient texts in the Bible. We seem to find out a lot about Jesus before He even gets here! (One is coming who.... for example) Also, we know some things from the Angel Gabriel who tells Mary what to expect. I would pick out each thing and note it, then move on to His childhood. He is precociously mature - speaking to both his parents and the elder rabbis confidently and telling them what's what. (Did you not know I would be about my father's business?) Jesus is already very learned by the time he is a youth, yet He seems to be modest - He does not show off his mind, just quietly 'teaches' people from the knowldege He has.

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angelagrissom | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM (Answer #5)

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Thanks to all who have posted ideas on this post. I am sure my son will appreciate this...I believe this is his first character analysis paper to write and I wanted to give him a little more insight to go on. Again, Thanks!!

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 9, 2009 at 12:43 PM (Answer #6)

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Without knowing anything about the assignment and the scoring criteria for it, this is a little difficult to answer. The earlier posters have given some helpful suggestions, but I would also suggest thinking about the historical documentation that Dan Brown used in his novel, The Da Vinci Code. He had some really intersting information about Jesus, and I’m sure you could track down some of those historical references.

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gracehoule | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 9, 2010 at 8:25 PM (Answer #7)

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Without knowing anything about the assignment and the scoring criteria for it, this is a little difficult to answer. The earlier posters have given some helpful suggestions, but I would also suggest thinking about the historical documentation that Dan Brown used in his novel, The Da Vinci Code. He had some really intersting information about Jesus, and I’m sure you could track down some of those historical references.

Da Vinci Code is fiction and never claims to be fact. I would not use this reference to analyze the characteristics of Jesus Christ

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 8, 2010 at 8:49 PM (Answer #8)

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Since Jesus is also Spirit (the Godhead, three in one), how about starting with the fruits of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22-23:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control.  These character qualities are things we're supposed to display as Christians, followers of Christ.  He is these things, so these are His character traits. 

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 21, 2010 at 2:31 PM (Answer #9)

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Many of the gospels of the New Testament illustrate the personality traits of Jesus Christ as a person.  For instance, his justified anger at the Pharisees points greatly to His humanity.  His sense of justice is also apparent, as is his wisdom as He will not be tricked by the Pharisees when they ask how much one should tithe:  "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and render unto God the things that are God's."

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM (Answer #10)

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You would do much much better to narrow this question down by looking at how each of the various gospels present Jesus. There are marked differences, as each writer is trying to emphasise different characteristics of Jesus depending on the audience they are writing for and their situation. Thus, for example, the Jewishness of Jesus is emphasised in Matthew, whereas Jesus' acceptance of Gentiles is emphasised in Luke.

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