History of Christianity to 1250

History 185A

Spring 2013
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A

The course deals with the origins of Christianity and the first eleven centuries of its expansion into a major institutional, social, and intellectual force shaping Western Europe. The central themes are the mechanisms and conditions shaping this expansion rather than a chronological account to present this process as a model of "institutionalization" (or not!) of religious movements. The emphasis will be on patterns of crisis and reform, i.e., on conflicts arising within the church itself and as a result of its dealings with the "outside" world, and how these crises were resolved. The course is based on the study of primary sources and will include problems of historical method. Requirements, beyond a basic familiarity with Roman and early Medieval history, are one midterm, one final, and a book review. The syllabus refers to books ordered, but also mentions recommended readings in brackets (on reserve only); please note also resources on bspace. You may use any BIBLE, and please bring yours with you for the first weeks.

Course Books

A short history of the middle ages by Rosenwein, Barbara University of Toronto Press. ISBN: 978-1442601048 Required
From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ by Fredrickson, Paula Yale University Press; 2nd edition . ISBN: 978-0300084573 Required
Constantine the Emperor by Potter, David Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0199755868 Required
On the Donation of Constantine by Bowersock, G Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674030893 Required
The Rise of Western Christendom by Brown, Peter Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0631221388 Optional
The New Testament and Early Christianity by Tyson, Joseph B. Pearson . ISBN: 978-0024218902 Optional