Ancient Christianity

Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

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
frameworks 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
group discussion in a communicative and constructive manner; 4)
knowledge of the subject in written form (in assignments and written

Inhoud vak

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 addressed.
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.


Lecture & group discussion/seminar (2 sessions per week: 2 X 45 mins


Written examination (2.45 hrs)


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


Students of Classics and Ancient Studies. Also students with an interest
in history in general, or - more specifically - in ancient
society/culture; students of philosophy and/or religion.

Overige informatie

This course is offered as an elective; it can be taken as part of the
so-called 'minor'.
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
scheduled the week before the Christmas break.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Basic knowledge of both Christianity and the Bible is helpful but not

Algemene informatie

Vakcode L_XCBAGLT202
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. N.M. Vos
Examinator dr. N.M. Vos
Docenten dr. N.M. Vos

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