The School of Ministry at the University of Dallas is extremely pleased to begin offering the four-year After the New Testament Series in Shreveport, Louisiana in Fall 2013. Grow in a deeper relationship with God while studying Church history onsite at the Greco Institute in Shreveport with a professionally trained instructor and fellow classmates.
The After the New Testament course is a review of the significant historical and theological issues of the early Church in the second and third centuries.
Christianity during its earliest centuries was a remarkably diverse movement. The wide ranging concerns, values, beliefs and practices of second and third century Christians present a fascinating tapestry to contemporary students who are largely uninformed about the depth and extent of this rich testimony.
In this course we will survey the literature, history and theology of the period hearing first hand from those who were there what concerns held their attention and how they articulated a response. A broad spectrum of issues emerges including conversion of non-believers, persecution and martyrdom, apologetics, development of church offices, liturgical practices, ethical reflections and doctrinal beliefs.
This treasure of early Christianity needs to be rediscovered and explored by believers in the twenty-first century. In so doing the depth and diversity of the early Christian heritage will be reclaimed for the challenges facing the Church today.
After the New Testament is a non-credit course open to all adults, but may be of particular interest to graduates of the Catholic Biblical School and others with a background in Scripture, history or ministry. This course is the first of a four-part series, which focuses on the life of the Church after the biblical period.
Schedule & Topics:
All classes will be from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm each day.
|September 21, 2013||The Spread of Early Christianity|
|October 12, 2013||Persecution and Martyrdom|
|November 16, 2013||Christian Apologists|
|December 14, 2013||Gnostic Christianity|
|January 11, 2014||Conflict with Heretics|
|February 15, 2014||Apocryphal New Testament Texts I|
|March 15, 2014||Apocryphal New Testament Texts II|
|April 26, 2014||Canonical Lists, Church Offices, Liturgy|
|May 3, 2014||Homilies, Ethics, Doctrines|
After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity by Bart D. Ehrman; Oxford University Press, 1999.
Reading assigned pages from textbook and handouts. No other homework, papers or tests.
To download a printable course description and syllabus, click here.
Registration Deadlines & Fees
(rate based on date of registration)
|Early||$585||May 31, 2013|
|Regular||$615||September 7, 2013**|
|Late||$640||September 19, 2013|
Fall - September 7, 2013
Fall - September 19, 2013
**A minimum of 30 paid students are needed by August 15, 2013 for the class to make.
Limited scholarships are available from the School of Ministry on an "as need" basis only. Under no circumstances would a scholarship be more than half the tuition.