HIST 313: Humanities 313 / History 313 / Religious Studies 313: Early Christians Report a Broken Link

Textbooks


Burrus, Virginia, ed. (2010). Late Ancient Christianity. A People's History of Christianity, 2. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. (Part I)[PDF]
Burrus, Virginia, ed. (2010). Late Ancient Christianity. A People's History of Christianity, 2. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. (Part II)[PDF]
Horsley, Richard A., ed. (2010). Christian OriginsA People's History of Christianity, 1. Minneapolis: Fortress Press [PDF]
Wilken, Robert L. (2011). The Christians as the Romans Saw Them. 2nd ed. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Required Readings


Unit 2


The Historical Context: Jewish Origins

You will have to scroll towards the bottom of the list of Josephus’ works to locate these readings.

Unit 3


The Historical Context: The Romans

Unit 4


The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
The Gospel of Mark (American Standard Version)

Unit 5


The Jewish/Christian Split, Early Christian Texts, and Communities
Selections in English translation from 1 Corinthians 15:35-49
Fonrobert, Charlotte Elisheva. “Jewish Christians, Judaizers, and Christian Anti-Judaism.” Late Ancient Christianity. A People’s History of Christianity, 2, edited by Virginia Burrus. 234-254. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. (see 'Textbook': part II, (top of this page))

Unit 6


Attitudes Towards Early Christians on the Part of the Romans: From Indifference to Hostility to Acceptance
Suetonius. The Lives of the Twelve Caesars: “V. The Life of Claudius,” chapter 25, and  “VI. The Life of Nero,” chapter 16. LacusCurtius. Transl. J.C. Rolfe. Loeb Classical Library 1913–1914.

Young, Robin Darling. “Martyrdom as Exaltation.” A People’s History of Christianity, Vol. 2: Late Ancient Christianity, edited by Virginia Burrus. 70-94. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. (see 'Textbook': part I (top of this page))

Unit 7


Did the Story of Jesus Spawn a New Mystery Cult in the Roman World?

Unit 8


Textual Developments

Unit 9


Christian Tolerance and Intolerance
 

Unit 10


Asceticism/Monasticism

Clark, Elizabeth A. “Asceticism, Class and Gender.” Late Ancient Christianity. A People’s History of Christianity, 2, edited by Virginia Burrus. 27-46.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. (see 'Textbook': part I, (top of this page))

Unit 11


Eschatology
Scroll down page.

Unit 12


A New Way of Viewing the World
Jensen, Robin M. “Baptismal Rites and Architecture.” In Late Ancient Christianity. A People’s History of Christianity, 2, edited by Virginia Burrus. 117-144. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. (see 'Textbook': part I, (top of this page))

Unit 13


The End of Early Christianity and the Spread of the Religion