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History of Medieval Christianity

THEO 205
T-Th 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

This course offers a study of Christianity from Late Antiquity to the dawn of Reformation with readings in source materials. It will help students understand the history of the Christianity both in the West and in the East, the development of Christian thought and the formulation of doctrine. The course will take the shape of a gallery of portraits of the most important theological figures of the period, combined with a history of movements and ideas. We will read and analyze primary sources on diverse topics including the conversion of Europe and religious acculturation of pagan peoples, the power and appeal of Christian saints, Christian kingship and notions of appropriate Christian power, monastic, scholastic, and lay piety, pilgrimage and Crusade, dissent and institutional response, the relationship to those outside the faith, etc.

Taught by Jean-Michel Roessli.

Theology & Film

THEO 238
M 6-8:15 p.m.

Film and television are intensely spiritual media. Explore this year’s films to classics, Netflix to Anime, Christ-figure to crazed apocalypse. Students have the chance to make a short film – if they wish – for their final project. See examples of past student films.

Taught by Dr. Matthew R. Anderson.

Spirituality: Personal, Social, Religious

THEO 236
W 2:45-5:30 p.m.

Historiographies in the Hebrew Bible

THEO 302
F 6-8:15 p.m.

Beginning with an introduction to biblical historiographies, this course discusses the various historiographies presented in the Hebrew Bible. After presenting the primeval historiogr aphy, we will focus on the deuteronomistic historiography (Joshua, Judges, Books of Samuel, Books of Kings) and compare it to the chronicler’s historiography (Ezra/Nehemiah and Chronicles). The deutero-canonical historiography (the books of Maccabees) will also be presented. Literary and theological issues are discussed throughout the course. 

Taught by Eric Bellavance.

Themes in the Hebrew Bible: Of Kings and Prophets

THEO 303
M-W 1:15-2:30 p.m.

This new course is intended to initiate students to the relationships between kings and prophets in Ancient Israel through the study of selected prophetic and historical texts from the Hebrew Bible. We will focus on the social, political and religious roles of kings and prophets, the originality of biblical prophecy and its influence on Israelite religion and monarchy. 

Taught by Eric Bellavance.

Jesus Christ in History and Faith

THEO 333
W 4:15-6:30 p.m.

This course studies the biblical and later traditions about the person, nature, and work of Jesus Christ, from historical, cultural, social, economic, artistic, and doctrinal perspectives. The course examines the central role of Jesus Christ in ancient, medieval, and contemporary theology and culture. Texts studied include the Bible, theological texts from a variety of historical periods as well as some literary and artistic representations of Christ.

Taught by Dr. Lucian Turcescu

Forgotten Scriptures: Introduction to Christian Apocryphal Literature

THEO 398
M 6-8:15 p.m.

Many Christian texts about Jesus and his disciples did not find their place in the Christian Bible. These are the so-called Apocrypha, which will be the subject matter of this new course. These fascinating writings include Gospels, such as the Gospel of Peter or of Mary, Acts of the Apostles, like the Acts of Philip or Thomas, Apocalypses, like the Apocalypse of Paul or Peter, as well as accounts of visions, such as the Sibylline Oracles, the Vision of Esra, etc. These texts, rarely studied before recently, witness of the diversity of Christian history, theology, and literature and shed light on aspects of Christianity, which have been forgotten and neglected for centuries.

Taught by Jean-Michel Roessli.

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