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Assignments

Glossary

Schedule of Topics & Readings

Reading assignments in the syllabus are coded as follows:

BE = Ehrman; MN = Noll; JP = Pelikan; 
B
= Bible;  D = Bettenson Documents; W = Web sources 

PART I, THE FIRST CENTURY: FROM JESUS TO CHRIST

Note the PBS series From  Jesus to Christ as a web site supplement to the readings for Part I. Explore it during the first four weeks. Specific parts of the series are listed under the topics below.

Topic I. The Search for the Historical Jesus

bulletIntroduction: [BE: chaps. 1,2],  JP: Intro.
bulletW: The Search: Jesus' Many Faces 
bulletGospels as Sources: : [BE: chaps. 3-6],  B: Mark
bulletW: Origin of the Gospels

Topic II. Jesusí World: Judaism, Hellenism, Roman Power

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[BE: chap. 7; W: Portrait of Jesus' World]

Topic III. Jesus: His Life & Death

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General Background: [BE: chaps. 8-12]; JP: chap. 1

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Political Subversive: B: [ Passion Narratives] Matthew, 26-27; Mark, 14-15; Luke, 22-23; John, 10:22-13:38, 18-19

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Religious Subversive: B: Matthew, 5-7; Mark, 1-9; Luke, 6-20:49; John, 2:13-23; 4-8

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Reconstructing Jesus' Life: Limits of the Historical Project

 

Topic IV. Early Christianities and the Emergence of the Church

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General Background: [BE: chaps. 13,14; MN, chap. 1]; JP: chap. 2; W: Early Christians

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Risen Messiah: B: Mark 16, Matthew 28,  Luke 24, John 1:1-18; 20-21; 1st Corinthians, 15; Romans, 5
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W: Early Jesus Movement

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First Communities; B: Galatians; 1st Corinthians; Acts 1:15-26; 2:1-47; 6; 7; 15:1-29; 

 

First Essay due Oct. 13 

PART II, FOUNDATIONS OF  CLASSICAL CHRISTIANITY, 100-1500

Topic V. The Patristic Age, 100-800

bulletAppropriation of Classical Culture; Expansion & Conversions
[MN; chap. 2]; JP: chap. 3
bulletThe  Cosmic Christ Image
[MN: chap. 3]; D: Part I, Sections II-V
bulletThe Son of Man:  Incarnation & Christian View of Human Nature
[ JP: 6; B: Romans, chaps. 6-7:14-23; D: Part I, Section VI
bulletChristian Iconography [Slide Presentation]
bullet JP: 7; D: Part III, Section I d: Iconoclastic Controversy

Topic VI. The King of Kings and the Christian Empire

bulletKing of Kings Image (JP: chap. 4 )
bulletFoundations of Christian Political and Social Theory
[MN: chap. 5; D: Part I, Section 1, pp. 7-25

Part III, Christendom: East & West, 500-1500

Topic VII. Greek and Latin Traditions: Eastern & Western Christianity

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Tradition of Eastern Orthodox Piety
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W: Browse at least one of these sites:
Eastern Orthodox Art Treasures, Mount Athos Monasteries
Mount Athos and Greek Orthodox Monasticism
Greek Orthodox Monasticism, an extensive media site
Greek Orthodox Monastic Tradition, another rich site

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From Estrangement to Schism and the Challenge of Islam [MN: chap. 6; D: Part II, section I, pp. 105-106]

Topic VIII. Western Christianity and the Latin Church: The Rise of the Papacy & the Conversion of Western Europe

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The Two Swords: Papacy and Empire
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MN: chap. 5; D: Part II, Section II, 106-127

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The Monastic Ideal & Renewal (JP: chap. 9; MN: chap. 4; D: Part II, Section III

bulletForms of Piety & Mysticism
bullet JP: chap. 10; W: Julian of Norwich
bulletChristian Humanism & the Transformation of Church and Society 
bulletThe Divine & Human Model (JP: chap. 11)  W: Francis
bulletChristian Humanism & the Renaissance [Slide Presentation]
(JP: chap. 12; W:  Erasmus, Paraclesus)

PART IV, RESHAPING OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE MODERN WORLD, 1500-2000

Topic IX. Divisions and Expansion

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Background: New Worlds, New Contexts
 

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Reformations & the Splintering of Western Christianity
[MN: chaps. 7-9; JP: chaps. 13,14; D: Part II, Section VIII: I, II; Section IX; Section X: I, II, III

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Spiritual Renewal and the Arts [Slide Presentation]

Topic X. The Enlightenment & the Emergence of the Modern Perspective

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Scientific Revolution & Encounters with Diverse Cultures

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Teacher of Common Sense: The Enlightenment Challenge
[JP: chap. 15; D: Section XII (345-349)

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New Piety [MN: Chap. 10; D: Part II, Section XII (349-351)

Topic XI. Individualism & Secularism in the 19th & 20th Centuries

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Background: The End of Christendom: Christianity & the Democratic and Industrial Revolutions
MN: Chap. 11

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Christ, Poet of the Spirit: 19th-Century Idealism & Romanticism
JP:
chap. 16 

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The Challenge of Secular Ideologies & the Modern State
D: Part II, Section XIV (372-375, 403-404)

Topic XII. Quests for Liberation in the 19th and 20th Centuries

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Christ, Liberator
JP: chap. 17; D: Part II, Section XIV (375-395-397-400); W: Gandhi; Womanist Theology

Topic XIII. Towards the Third Millennium: Cultural Encounters in Global Perspective

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Christianity: From the West to the Wider World
MN: chap. 13; JP: chap. 18; W: KC Sen

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Shifting Currents and Profiles: Late 20th-Century Issues [MN: chap. 13]

FINAL EXAM GUIDE