MECR 5/340 History of the Church in the East - Credit Hours: 3
Semester normally offered: Fall
An introduction to the history of the Christian Churches in the Middle East from the first to the seventh centuries A.D. Major Christian authors from the Second Temple to Emperor Constantine will show the common Christian basis of the churches in the Middle East, while representative Church writers from the three developing ecclesial families (Assyrian, Oriental, Chalcedonian) will reflect each Church’s significant role in the Christian mosaic in the Middle East.
This course fills equivalencies in the following areas:
- Church History
- Religious Studies
- Eary Christianity
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- outline the characteristics of the various Eastern churches;
- describe the histories and theologies of the main eastern churches (Assyrian, Autocephalus, and Chalcedonian);
- describe the processes that led to the formation of the Christian canon; and
- compare, contrast and assess the major Church councils.
A one-day interactive field study to Christian communities and monasteries from both Eastern and Western Churches surrounding Jerusalem.
*Note that field studies are not included for JUC Online courses.