East Hall 213
|C M Lehmann
Office Hours: 11-12 TTh
East Hall 210, clehmann.org; email@example.com
This course treats the emergence of Christianity and the early history of the Christian Church within the pagan, and then Christian, Roman Empire. Through readings in and discussions on ancient texts and modern interpretations, through lectures and presentations, and through research and writing in a specific problem, the student will become familiar with the development of the Early Church in its historical context and with the techniques and discoveries of modern historians, archaeologists, and textual critics.
ELECTRONIC-DEVICE-FREE CLASSROOM. Turn off and stow your electronic devices before the class begins.
Students must fulfill the following requirements: midterm and final examinations (50 points each) and a short (5-10 pp) research paper on a topic approved in discussion with the instructor (10 points preliminary bibliography and 40 points final paper). Grading: of a total of 150 possible points, 135-150 = A, 120-134 = B, 105-119 = C,90-104 = D. A student who expects to miss more than two meetings should consult the instructor in the first week. University-sanctioned events or medical/family emergencies alone constitute valid reasons to miss class: inform your professor in advance. Students with excessive unexcused absences will either find themselves dropped from the class roster or they will receive a reduced final grade.
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Start your research with the textbook, then consult the following resources. The bibliography (NOT a reference list) must include an annotation explaining how you found the item and how it serves your topic. Do not include any Web sites in your bibliographies; if you wish to include an article you consulted in a full-text database (eg, an article in JSTOR), give the citation for the print version. You must use Chicago bibliographic style, which uses footnotes for documentation. Consult the instructor for assistance if you have not used Chicago style before. The following item is in Chicago footnote style
The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, ed Everett Ferguson, 2 vols (New York: Garland, 1997); in I D Weeks: BR162.2 .E53.
L'année philologique (Z7016.M35A); also available on-line in I D Weeks library (you have to be in the library to make this work).
Students must have the following books, which are available at the bookstores (these items are in Chicago bibliographic style with ISBNs added):
|10 Jan||Introduction: The Desert and the Sown; excerpt from Seven Pillars of Wisdom; Theocritus Idyll 2.|
|12 Jan||Hellenistic and Jewish Background (Chadwick ch 1)|
|17 Jan||Christianity and Jewish Sectarianism (Manual of Discipline, Qumran)|
|19 Jan||NT Criticism (Mark and handouts: synoptic problem, ending of Mark)|
|24 Jan||Paul and the Gentiles (Acts of the Apostles, Galatians); map of the journeys|
|26 Jan||Authority and Unity in the First Century Church (Chadwick ch 2)|
|31 Jan||Disc: The letters of Clement and Ignatius and the Didache (in Staniforth)|
|2 Feb||The Blood of the Martyrs|
|7 Feb||Disc: The letter and martyrdom of Polycarp (Staniforth)
Advice on researching early church history
Deadline: Have paper topic approved
|14 Feb||The Expansion of Christianity (Chadwick ch 3)|
|16 Feb||The Apologetic Movement (Chadwick chs 4-6)|
Crisis and Conversion: The Third Century
|23 Feb||Early Christian Art and Architecture I|
|28 Feb||Early Christian Art and Architecture II|
|2 Mar||No class: research day!|
|14 Mar||Catchup and review
Deadline: Submit annotated bibliography
|16 Mar||MIDTERM EXAMINATION
|21 Mar||The Persecutions: First Phase (Chadwick ch 7)|
|23 Mar||The Persecutions: Second phase|
|28 Mar||Constantine (Chadwick chs 8-9)|
|30 Mar||The Christian Empire|
|4 Apr||The Pagan Reaction and Christian Triumph (Chadwick chs 10-11)|
|6 Apr||Orthodoxy and Heresy (Chadwick chs 12-13)
Deadline: Term paper due
|11 Apr||The Trinitarian Controversies (Chadwick ch 14)|
|13 Apr||The Christological Controversies and|
|18 Apr||The Ecumenical Councils and the Byzantine State (Chadwick chs 15-18)|
|20 Apr||No class: Student History Conference|
|27 Apr||The Church in the West
Discussion: Augustine's Confessions 1-9
Deadline: Revised term paper due (optional)
12:30-2:30 pm Wednesday 3May: FINAL EXAMINATION