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THEO 8503 Authority of Scripture (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

A seminar investigating the emergence and development of the Christian Bible from the 1st to the 4th centuries C.E. This seminar will discuss the development of a New Testament canon as well as different views of Biblical writings as revelation that developed along with competing claims to a secret or higher truth in "esoteric," non-canonical works of the same period. Students will explore the understanding of Scripture in four early Christian exegetes: Irenaeus, Origen, Eusebius and Jerome. This seminar will incorporate a survey of scribes, book circulation and the role of reading circles in antiquity.


Schedule: Periodically

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Prerequisites: MA level work in Bible, Early Church or Systematics

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Last Updated: 11-Feb-15