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

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

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.

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


Unit 11

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Unit 12

A New Way of Viewing the World

Unit 13

The End of Early Christianity and the Spread of the Religion