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NEWT/HIST/CMLE 753/853J

Leadership and Authority in Early Christianity, Summer 2013

Geoffrey Smith

Once followers of Jesus began to conceive of themselves as members of a distinct movement, they banded together and formed communities united by a shared devotion to the figure and teachings of Jesus. Yet every community did not assemble itself in the same way. In this course we will explore the various approaches to leadership, organization, and authority current among followers of Jesus in the first through third centuries C.E. Our approach is primarily textual and historical; we will pay close attention to the details of the primary sources and work to understand each text within its relevant religious and cultural contexts. We will also discuss topics such as gender, power, and resistance as they arise in the ancient sources. Our investigation will reveal the many answers Christians offered to the question of what it means to live as a community of believers in the world.

Syllabus

Summer - Unit 3, June 17-21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
Y
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site, www.ants.edu, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.


Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.

 

Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.