HDS 1546

Prophecy, Ecstasy, and Dreams in Early Christian History

Laura Salah Nasrallah


In the ancient Mediterranean world, prophecies, ecstasies, and dreams were considered important ways in which the divine communicated with humans. This course explores the history of early Christian debates over prophecy and ecstasy and places them within the broader context of Greek, Jewish, and Roman religions. We shall read various philosophical, theological, novelistic, and political texts from roughly the first century BCE-fourth century CE, as well as a dream manual. The course will address questions of how these debates over prophecy and ecstasy connect with issues of power, gender, and religious identity. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1315


0.50 credits
Fall 2012
Mon Wed 11am-12pm
FAS Sever Hall Room 101

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None