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THEO 5545 New Testament Sacraments and Rituals (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course studies the New Testament evidence for sacraments and rituals in early Christianity. Students are introduced to ritual theory and the rituals of religious associations in the ancient world which provided the templates for early Christian rites: baptism, eucharist, and anointing. The major New Testament texts on baptism and eucharist will be studied in detail. The final section of the course introduces other important witnesses to early Christian rituals: Didache, Justin Martyr, 1st Apology, and the alternative sacramental theology constructed by second century Valentinian gnostics (Gospel of Philip).

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Pheme Perkins

Prerequisites: Completion of Theology core.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17