RELI 208: The Birth of Christianity

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This course is an analysis of the origin of the Christian Church and the earliest stages of its expansion with particular emphasis on the problems evident in the shift from a Jewish to a Gentile framework. Paul’s role and contribution in defining and resolving the issues will be considered in detail and evaluated in the light of subsequent events.

Required Texts:

  • Ehrman, After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity, 2nd edition (2015), ISBN 978-0195398922
  • Meeks, The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul, 2nd edition (2003), ISBN 978-0300098617
  • Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries (1997), ISBN 978-0060677015

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Contact the Friday Center at CCO@unc.edu with any questions or for more information.

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