DL311 | Ancient Church History
Course begins 8/28/12; ends 12/15/12
Meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursdays (8:30am – 9:45am)
- an understanding of the narrative or chronology of the history of the ancient church;
- an understanding of developments, continuities, and changes in doctrine and practice in the ancient church;
- an understanding of debates, divisions, reform, growth, and decline in the life of the ancient church; and an understanding of the life and theology of key figures in the ancient church.
The student will be able to analyze and evaluate the above biblically and theologically, as well as comparatively within the context of ancient church history. The student will also develop the ability to make comparative applications to later periods of church history up to the present day. The course includes a strong focus on student interaction with, and discussion of, primary source documents.
The following works are required texts for the Ancient Church History class. Other readings (especially of primary documents written by early church fathers and church councils) will also be required, but these will be made available online.
- The Apostolic Fathers, trans. J.B. Lightfoot, updated by Harmer, more recently updated and edited by Michael Holmes. 2nd edition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992. (p.vii-270; 529-555) [these source texts are also available online; this edition was reprinted in 1999, a 3rd edition containing the same texts, but with expanded introductory material and apparatus was published by Baker in 2009]
- Everett Ferguson, Church History: Volume One – From Christ to Pre-Reformation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. (p.1-326)
- Joachim Jeremias, Infant Baptism in the First Four Centuries, Wipf & Stock, 2004. (p.11-98)
- Research paper (15-20 pages) 40%
- Source document analysis (4-5 pages) 10%
- Midterm examination 25%
- Final examination 25%