JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Spring 2004

Early Christianity in Syria & Asia Minor
RL 299.01/499.01 V/W
Prerequisites: RL 101 & an inquiring mind
EN 103-112 or 111-112 or 114-116
Pre- or co-requisites: RL 205 or RL 220 or instructor permission

25 March 2004

Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies
Office: B218 (second floor, AD bldg.)
E-mail: smcginn at jcu.edu
Hours: Wed 8:30-1:30 or by appointment
Telephone: 216-397-3087

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SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS & ASSIGNMENTS:

Session Date Topic & Assignments (additional readings may be assigned as needed)
#1 1/21

Organize seminar and review syllabus
Review key events in early church history and their significance for our sites and texts
Workshop A: Biblical texts & Translations
Workshop B: Grasselli Library research tools presentation

PPTs:
How the Bible Means
Introducing The Gospel of Matthew (outline)
The Socio-Historical Context of Matthew (outline)
Matthew and Apocalypticism in I CE Judaism (outline)
Matthew's Infancy Narrative
(outline)

#2 1/28

The Roman Cultural & Religious Context of Early Christianity
Workshop A: Developing a paper proposal.
Workshop B: Developing your thesis

Read: the Didache; the Gospel of Matthew (entire); Acts 1-15; Koester I.5; II-IV; V.2, 3e-h; VI.2-6

#3 2/04

The Jewish-Gentile Context of Antiochene "Christianity"
Read: Acts (entire); Brown & Meier, 1-89
; Yahoo Images relating to Antioch of Syria
Workshop A: How to read an exegetical article
Workshop B: How to write a critical review
How are we doing so far? Give the instructor some feedback on what is good or how to improve.

#4 2/11 The Church in Antioch and Early Christian Mission (Peter, Barnabas, Paul)
Read:
Koester VII.1, 3-4; VIII.3; IX.1-2; X (entire)
Paper Proposal (with preliminary Bibliography) due.

Workshop A: The process of exegesis -- who, what, when, where, how, why?

Workshop B: Textual Criticism
#5 2/18

The First-Century Churches in Cappadocia & Anatolia
Read: Galatians; Koester
IX.3; XII
First Critical review due
Paper Proposal returned, with suggestions for further development
Schedule class presentations of critical reviews and research papers

Workshop: How to write an annotated bibliography

#6 2/25 Ephesos, The Metropolis of Asia
Read: the Johannine corpus; Revelation; Koester
  volume on Ephesos
Annotated Bibliography due
Workshop A: How to write an exegetical paper
Workshop B: Developing an outline
#7 3/03

Philosophy and Theology in the Early Christian World: Gnosticism, Docetism, Middle and Neo-Platonism
Read: the Gospel of Mary; the Dialogues of the Savior, selections from Origen, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Epiphanius; Esler; Koester; (opt.) McGinn

Topic sentence outline of paper due
How are we doing now? Give the instructor some feedback on what is good or how to improve.

3/7-14 Spring Break
#8 3/17 Prophecy in the Early Christian World
Read: the Didache; the letters of Ignatius of Antioch; the Acts of Thecla; Esler; Koester; (opt.) McGinn; Wire

Review annotated bibliographies from this seminar 
Topic sentence outline of paper returned, with suggestions for further development
Final deadline for Critical reviews
#9 3/24

Anchorites & Coenobites, Confessors & Martyrs
Read: the Martyrdom of Perpetua; selections from the Cappadocian Fathers

#10 3/31 Developing Ecclesiastical Structures and Offices
Read: Didascalia; Apostolic Constitutions; Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History V; (opt.) McGinn

First draft of research paper due; NB: Be sure to use inclusive language, and remember to proofread it first!
Read critiques of articles from this seminar
For one last time, could you give the instructor some feedback on what is good or how to improve?
4/07-12 Easter Break
#11 4/14 Christological Developments in the ante-Nicene Period
Read: Neuner & Dupuis, 95-100, 143-155; Norris; Kelly; handouts
First draft of research paper returned, with suggestions for further development
Workshop: How to give critical feedback on a colleague's paper. Please use Peer Review worksheet.
Final Course Evaluation (in class)
#12 4/21

What Were They Thinking About the Trinity?
Read: Neuner & Dupuis; Rusch; handouts.

Second draft of paper due; please submit two copies, one for instructor and one for your colleague who will critique it

#13 4/28

The Theological Significance of the Historical Development of Dogma
Read: Kelly; Lonergan and Rahner handouts
Second draft of research paper returned, with suggestions for further development

Schedule project presentations--sign up with instructor

#14 5/05

Class presentation of research projects

Presenter Passage Respondent
     
     
     
     

#15 5/12

FINAL CLASS SESSION: presentation of research projects

Presenter Passage Respondent
     
     
     
     

 

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