BIBL 592 N. T. Theology: The Rise of Early Christian Beliefs & Practices (also THEO & CHHT)
This course examines the rise of early Christian beliefs and moral practices. The time frame is the first century and early second century, when orthodoxy and orthopraxy were not only hotly debated but when a relatively wide range of viable options was still in play. The course seeks to appreciate the work of the earliest Christian communities in theological and moral problem solving. The class will be conducted as a proseminar and students will be called upon to lead class discussions on assigned readings as indicated in the course schedule. Students will write a final 15- to 20-page paper on an approved topic.