Ancient Christianity


Course Objective

Knowledge of primary sources (to be studied in translation). One must
be able to situate and analyze primary sources and put these into
context. A variety of genres will be studied. In addition, one must
acquire knowledge of an introductory text book regarding the field of
early Christianity (see course reading). The student is expected to
study the ways in which ancient Christianity developed. He/she
must be able to make connections between different historical phenomena.
Based on the literature the student must become aware of the different
of interpretation which have been operative in recent years within the
field. In view of this, attention is paid to scholarly debate including
theories and models.
The following abilities receive attention during this course and are
thus trained: the ability to 1) analyze and process both primary and
secondary sources; 2) formulate critical questions; 3) participate in
discussion in a communicative and constructive manner; 4) communicate
knowledge of the subject in written form (in assignments and written

Course Content

During this course the development of ancient Christianity will be
traced in context. In the process, different aspects will be
highlighted: political, social, cultural. Characteristics of the various
phases of the historical development of Christianity as well as the
important conflicts during the first centuries will be discussed. In
addition, attention will be paid to influential literary genres and
eminent authors. The theme of material culture & visual representation
will also be
As the course is taught in English, this course is well suited for
international students. During the course the international context of
the field of early Christian studies will be in view.

Teaching Methods

Lecture & group discussion/seminar

Method of Assessment

Written examination


Joseph Lynch, Early Christianity: A Brief History, Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 2009

Target Audience

Students of Classics and Ancient Studies. Also students with an interest
in ancient society/culture, philosophy, and/or religion.

Additional Information

This course is obligatory for students of classics/GLTC in the second
year. Attendance is compulsory (80%).
The course will be taught during a period of six weeks, with two
sessions of two hours each per week. The examination is generally
the week before the Christmas break.

General Information

Course Code L_XCBAGLT202
Credits 6 EC
Period P2+3
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. N.M. Vos
Examiner dr. N.M. Vos
Teaching Staff dr. N.M. Vos

Practical Information

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