New Testament Ancient Christianity Seminar

REL593
Spring 2018
W 3:30 - 5:20pm
Area: 
Area I
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

The New Testament/Ancient Christianity Seminar, required for doctoral students but open to qualified MAR students, will explore the application of contemporary literary critical theory to early Christian literature. Students will engage ancient literary theory, such as Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, and Dionysius of Halicarnassus, as well as contemporary theoreticians such as Foucault, Derrida, John Frow, Joseph Farrell, Hindy Najman.  Engagement with early Christian literature will involve selections from various genres, including narrative (apocryphal acts, martyrologies), rhetoric (homilies, apologetics), poetry (Odes of Solomon), revelatory literature (Revelation, Apocalypses). 

Background Expected: 

Ability to read patristic Greek required.  Knowledge of Latin, Syriac, or Coptic welcome.

Course Requirements: 

Students will prepare several reports on relevant primary and secondary literature and a research paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the instructors. 

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation in the work of the seminar; depth of research, clarity of writing, persuasiveness of the argument.