HDS 2149

Advanced Greek: Montanism

Annewies van den Hoek


Around the middle of the second century in Phrygia in Asia Minor, a movement emerged named after a certain Montanus which proclaimed the nearby end of the world and the second coming of Christ. Women and men prophesied the approaching end and were said to manifest the Paraclete. The movement developed ascetic features, particularly when branching out to Roman North Africa. In response, emerging ecclesiastical authorities condemned the movement's prophetic enthusiasm and the prominent role of women. As with other such groups, the main source of information about Montanism is found in the writings of its opponents. This course will include both anti-Montanist polemics and the fragmentary evidence in Greek from Montanist sources themselves. It will give attention to anti-heretical rhetoric and attempt to place these debates in their social and historical context. The Greek will be of a reasonable degree of difficulty. Prerequisite: 4221 or the equivalent.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Mon Fri 10am-11am
Divinity Hall Room 106

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) Content language course