HIS2200EN - Early Christian History

Course description

Traces the rise and the early development of Christianity in the Ancient Mediterranean context and focuses on a wide variety of different genres of literature from the first six centuries, including epistolary writings, historical accounts, martyrdoms, apologies, legal texts, and others.

How this course benefits students

This course will provide the foundation every missional student needs for understanding the early development of the church and Christian doctrine.

Why this course is important

Any student who wants to understand why things are the way they are must begin with the earliest history. This course will provide the foundation for understanding how the church developed.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Historical Studies
Educational level
Humanities Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Stamenka Antonova, Professor of Early Christianity

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Early Christian history will be examined and evaluated in light of Biblical truth.

Missionally driven

The study of history is the study of the church's missional efforts, both good and bad, and will prepare the missional student to avoid many of the same mistakes.

Contextually informed

The study and the application of history is all about context.

Interculturally focused

Since church history has touched on every race and every culture, students from all walks of life will be engaged by this course.

Practically minded

Students will be challenged to develop historical perspective, which will serve them to better understand current political, economic, and ecclesiastical contexts.

Experientially transformed

The Christian student will be engaging his/her own history, gaining an understanding of where he comes from and where she is going.