Early Christianity in its Relation to Judaism

RELIGION719S

Examination and critique of influential studies of early church in its relation to Jews and Jewish Christians, beginning with work of F.C. Baur. Explorations of the relevance of these works for current discussions about "parting of the ways" between Judaism and Christianity and unity and diversity within ancient Judaism and early Christianity. Particular attention paid to the way in which the authors handle the primary sources and factors shaping their exegesis. Prerequisites: doctoral status or permission of instructor, contingent upon substantial course work in early Christianity and reading knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, German, and French. 3 units.