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Religious Studies

REL 114 (IT) History and Literature of Early Christianity(1)

An exploration of the rich body of literature and ideas that emerged in the first 100 years of Christian history set in the context of the early Roman Empire. Students will learn to read familiar biblical texts historically and critically, and to see them alongside other early Christian texts not found in the Bible; the Gospel of Thomas, the Didache, the Gospel of Mary, etc. Discussions will include the interpretation of these texts through time and their continuing roles in shaping the current religious discourse in the west.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Patterson