HDS 1700

Orthodoxy and Heresy in Ancient Christianity

Karen L. King


An examination of the dynamics in the shaping of early Christianity, including the development of discourses of orthodoxy and heresy, practices of interpreting Scripture, selected theological disputes, martyrdom, sex/gender, and categories of religious identity. The course will focus on reading ancient literature, including The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mark, Luke-Acts, The Gospel of Mary, The Gospel of Truth, The Secret Revelation of John), and works ascribed to Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Eusebius.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 25 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1427

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Wed 1pm-4pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 117

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None