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A 2005 course by Robert Kraft at the University of Pennsylvania introduces "'apocalyptic' movements in early Judaism and early Christianity within the context of development of the various threads that together came to be known as 'Christianity' during the formative period prior to the official recognition and consolidation as a religious option under Constantine (ca 325 CE)."
A 2015 course taught by Michael L. Satlow at Brown University traces "the development of both the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament from their origins to their development as foundational texts for Jews and Christians."
A 2005 course by James Kelhoffer at Saint Louis University offers a "survey and analysis of early Christian apocalypses and their literary precedents in Jewish apocalypses and apocalypticism."
A 2007 course taught by Russell Morton at Ashland Theological Seminary offers a "close exploration of Revelationâs challenge to first-century believers in Asia Minor will lead to discussion of its ongoing challenge and encouragement to churches."
A 2002 course by Robert Kraft at the University of Pennsylvania treats the "origins of 'Christianity' in general, to about the year 200 ce, with particular reference to the various writings preserved from early Christians, including the 'New Testament' anthology."
A 2016 course by Doug Otto at Smith College seeks "to understand the early Christian family as a Greco-Roman family, focusing on slaves and children, marriage and divorce."
A 2013 course by Bart Ehrman at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill about the Apocrypha and formation of the canon.
A 1999 course by Bobbi Patterson at Emory University approaches "the early and middle stages of the Christian story by identifying and tracking how and why certain issues or questions began to predominate in that story."
A 2010 course by Donald Fortson at Reformed Theological Seminary "focuses on the key persons, movements, and ideas that have made significant contributions to the history of the church" in the early and medieval eras.
A course by Garth Rosell at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary "is a a basic introduction to the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the beginning of the Protestant Reformation."
A 2017 course by Gary Arbino surveys "selections from Second Temple Jewish Literature."
A 2011 course by Robin Jensen at Vanderbilt University "is an interdisciplinary study of the art and architecture in the Roman Empire of the fourth through sixth centuries CE in the context of political and religious transformations during that era."
A 2001 course by Alan Altany at Marshall University on the "birth and development of Christian thought from Paul through Augustine."
A 2017 course by Jim Papandrea at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "is a survey of the history of the Christian church, including its doctrines and practices, from the beginning into the middle ages . . . with special emphasis on the first five centuries."
A course by Michael Foat at Reed College looks at the origins of Christianity.
A 2012 course by ClaÌudio Carvalhaes at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary engages "Christian liturgical practices and issues from the first to the fourth centuries and help students see how these social-religious-economic-political-cultural practices shaped and informed these early communities."
A 1998 course by Albert Harrill at DePaul University traces Christian views of gender and marriage through New Testament and the period of early Christianity.
A 2011 course by Maxwell Johnson at the University of Notre Dame is a research seminar focused "on the development of Mary and the Saints in relationship to what has been often assumed to be the central focus of the liturgical year." Course includes the study of "early medieval authors and texts in East and West (e.g., Bernard of Clairvaux)."
A course by Patricia Miller at Syracuse University explores the "Platonic philosophers and thematics that were most influential in shaping the structures of early Christian theological, cosmological, ethical, and hermeneutical thinking."
A 2002 course by Michael Fuller at St. Louis Community College studies "Greek Culture, Roman Culture, Jewish Culture, and Early Christianity by analyzing specific material culture (tombs, temples, art, altars, coins, etc.) and non-material (kinship system, political organization, economic system, and world view-religion)."
A course by Joseph Molleur at Cornell College focuses on the "writings of some of the formative figures of this era, including Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyon, Athanasius, and Augustine of Hippo, with attention to early Church councils and creedal documents as well" on main loci of Christian doctrine, especially christology.
A course by James Kelhoffer at Saint Louis University "investigates . . . themes and issues pertinent to Early Christian History. It addresses methods, trends and approaches that are current to the academic discourse and scholarship within this specific area of Historical Theology."
A 2013 course by Virginia Burrus at Syracuse University "traces the emergence of Christianity as a distinct religion within the Roman empire."
A course by Robert Allison at Bates College on how the Christian church "emerged from the Jewish revitalization movement started by Jesus of Nazareth his family, and his following of disciples, apostles and believers."
A 2004 course by Tarmo Toom at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies explores "the main theological issues, theologians, and religious movements in the early church" of the 2nd to the 5th century.
A course by Hayim Lapin at the University of Maryland "examines the development of Christianity from its origins until well into the fourth century."
A 1997 course by Roger Evans at Payne Theological Seminary examines "early North African Christian theology from its beginnings through the time of Augustine," special attention is given to "Egypt, Ethiopia and Northwestern Africa."
A 2011 course by Christine Thomas at the University of California Santa Barbara examines second-century Christianity's "parting" with Judaism and the development of its theology and practices.
A 2001 course by Michel Desjardins at Wilfrid Laurier University is an "introduction to Gnosticism, particularly as an important second century religious ideology that intersected and at times overlapped with various forms of Christianity." Modern "appropriations of this ancient religious ideology" are also considered.
A 2001 course by Patricia Miller at Syracuse University "investigates a collection of Graeco-Roman texts, the Nag Hammadi Library, whose religious orientation has been designated by the term 'Gnosticism.'"
A 2014 course by David Otto at Centenary College examines "Greco-Roman family life; early Christian moral teachings in the context of Jewish and Greco-Roman popular morality; the early Christian family with a focus on slaves and children, marriage and divorce; gender constructions of masculinity and homosexual behavior and the position of women in the early church."
A 2005 course by Jaroslav Skira at the University of Toronto.
A course by Stephen Shoemaker at the University of Oregon "various aspects of Christianity during the first seven centuries of its existence. . . . focuses to a certain extent on the development of what would later become âorthodoxâ Christianity within the bounds of the Roman Empire, this is not to the exclusion of rival forms of early Christianity."
A 2011 course by Phil Harland at York University.
A 2001 course by Margaret MacDonald "investigates women's participation in early Christian groups from the time of Jesus' ministry to the 6th century C.E."
A 2008 course by James McGrath at Butler University "aims to study the phenomenon of heresy by focusing on the development and definition of orthodoxy and heresy in early Christianity."
A 2014 course by Phil Harland at York University "investigates the origins, development and legacies of apocalypticism within Judean culture and early Christianity. . . . . [it] will also survey the legacies of apocalypticism in religious movements, popular culture (including music and film), and artistic representation to the present day."
A 2011 course by Janet McDaniel at Florida International University surveys "the construction of gender and roles of women in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament and early Christian communities. The course will utilize Feminist Reconstruction methodology by examining the historical, cultural and religious settings of the texts, including their subsequent transmission through Western Civilization into the present."
A course by Stephen Shoemaker at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary introduces "students to the various notions of gender, the body, and sexuality found in the earliest Christian traditions. The courseâs main emphasis will be on the cultural construction of these three interrelated categories in early Christian literature."
A 2016 course by Anne McGuire at Haverford College "offers a critical examination of 'Gnosticism' through close reading of selected texts from the Nag Hammadi library and other ancient writings."
A 2018 course by Alan Hayes at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary surveys "the subapostolic age to C.E. 843, a date representing the 'Triumph of Orthodoxy' in the East and the end of the Carolingian revival and Treaty of Verdun in the West."
A 2016 course by Paul Capetz at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities "introduces students to the history of Christian theology from the beginnings of the patristic period (c. 100 CE) to the eve of the Enlightenment (c. 1750)."
A 2018 course by Susanna Drake at Macalester College examines "the diverse literature of the New Testament along with some other early Christian texts that did not become part of the Christian 'canon.'" The course highlights how these texts have been understood within selected traditions within the United States.