DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Christianity in Syria & Asia Minor
RL 299.01/499.01 V/W
Prerequisites: RL 101 & an inquiring mind
EN 103-112 or 111-112 or 114-116
Pre- or co-requisites: RL 205 or RL 220 or instructor permission
25 March 2004
E. McGinn, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies
Office: B218 (second floor, AD bldg.)
E-mail: smcginn at jcu.edu
Hours: Wed 8:30-1:30 or by appointment
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|Session||Date||Topic & Assignments (additional readings may be assigned as needed)|
and review syllabus
The Roman Cultural
& Religious Context of Early Christianity
Read: the Didache; the Gospel of Matthew (entire); Acts 1-15; Koester I.5; II-IV; V.2, 3e-h; VI.2-6
Context of Antiochene "Christianity"
|#4||2/11||The Church in Antioch
and Early Christian Mission (Peter, Barnabas, Paul)
Read: Koester VII.1, 3-4; VIII.3; IX.1-2; X (entire)
Paper Proposal (with preliminary Bibliography) due.
Workshop A: The process of exegesis -- who, what, when, where, how, why?
Workshop B: Textual Criticism
Churches in Cappadocia & Anatolia
The Metropolis of Asia
Read: the Johannine corpus; Revelation; Koester volume on Ephesos
Annotated Bibliography due
Workshop A: How to write an exegetical paper
Workshop B: Developing an outline
Theology in the Early Christian World: Gnosticism, Docetism, Middle and
|3/7-14 Spring Break|
|#8||3/17||Prophecy in the
Early Christian World
Read: the Didache; the letters of Ignatius of Antioch; the Acts of Thecla; Esler; Koester; (opt.) McGinn; Wire
Review annotated bibliographies from this seminar
Topic sentence outline of paper returned, with suggestions for further development
Final deadline for Critical reviews
Coenobites, Confessors & Martyrs
Structures and Offices
Read: Didascalia; Apostolic Constitutions; Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History V; (opt.) McGinn
First draft of research paper due; NB: Be sure to use inclusive language, and remember to proofread it first!
Read critiques of articles from this seminar
For one last time, could you give the instructor some feedback on what is good or how to improve?
|4/07-12 Easter Break|
in the ante-Nicene Period
Read: Neuner & Dupuis, 95-100, 143-155; Norris; Kelly; handouts
First draft of research paper returned, with suggestions for further development
Workshop: How to give critical feedback on a colleague's paper. Please use Peer Review worksheet.
Final Course Evaluation (in class)
What Were They
Thinking About the Trinity?
The Theological Significance of the Historical Development
Class presentation of research projects
FINAL CLASS SESSION: presentation of research projects
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