San José State University
History of Christianity
Tues. 9:15-10:15 p.m., Wed.
. 9-10 p.m.; Thurs. 1130-1230; in addition to these posted
hours, I am available by prearranged appointment and via email on Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Thursdays, except on scheduled
(New Testament, any translation is fine, the more, the better)
Lynch, Joseph H.
Early Christianity: A Brief History
(Oxford 2010—ISBN: 978-0195138030)=
Russel, Jeffrey B. and Lumsden, Douglas W.
A History of Medieval Christianity: Prophecy and
. (Peter Lang Pub., 2000 ISBN-10: 0820445118)=
Early Christian Writings
(Penguin, ISBN: 0140444750)=ECW
Benedict of Nursia, Saint.
(Doubleday/Image Books--ISBN-13: 978-0385009485)=
Power and the Holy in the Age of the Investiture Conflict
ISBN-13: 978-0312404680 )=
The Cistercian World: Monastic Writings of the Twelfth Century
, ed. and transl. Pauline
Matarasso (Penguin, ISBN: 0140433562)=
Bynum, Caroline Walker.
Jesus as Mother
(UC Press, ISBN: 0520052226)=
Additional texts and readings will be assigned and required from the Internet
Recommended Reading or Books for alternative coverage
The Early Church
, rev. ed. (Penguin, ISBN: 0140231994).
Hinson, E. Glenn.
The Early Church: Origins to the Dawn of the Middle Ages
Logan, F. Donald.
A History of the Church in the Middle Ages
The Medieval Church: A Brief History
: This course will trace the development of Christianity from its origins in Judaism
and the religious thought of the ancient Near East through its ‘conquest’ of the Roman Empire
and its spread into the Medieval West up to its crises in the Late Middle Ages (ca. 1415) and the
dawning of pre-reformation thought.
Using primary source materials and pertinent images
(Christian iconography), we will examine: the establishment of the Christian religious texts and a
Christian theology and dogma; the rise of the ‘institutional’ Church and its implications; the
position of women in the church; and the emergence and manifestation through the centuries of
various and competing modes of Christian spirituality.
In addition to examinations and
in class discussions, students will be required to write analytical papers based on
primary and secondary source-readings.
Please Note: Students taking teacher preparation
classes may substitute History 119 for other European classes on the list.
aligns with state standards for middle school teachers and secondary teachers who want
to incorporate religious and social movements and their respective literatures into their
middle school and high school history classes.