HDS 1700

Orthodoxy and Heresy in Ancient Christianity

Karen L. King


An examination of the dynamics of early Christian identity formation, including the development of discourses of orthodoxy and heresy, practices of interpreting Scripture, selected theological disputes, sex/gender, and categories of religious identity. The course will focus on reading the primary literature, with special attention to those types of early Christianity which later were deemed heretical (including texts such as The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary, The Apocryphon of James, The Gospel of Judas, The Gospel of Truth, and The Secret Revelation of John).

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1427


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Spring 2015
Thurs 2pm-4pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • 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