Christianity in Antiquity
Christianity in Antiquity is a Field of Study for doctoral research in the Department of Theology that enables students to understand the encounter of early Christianity with the other cultures of the Greco-Roman world. Christianity in Antiquity explores the emergence of Christian thought and practice from its formative beginnings in Second Temple Judaism to the fifth century of the common era. More than a reframing of the chronological parameters for academic investigation, Fordham’s program promotes immersion in the variety of aspects of ancient culture. It provides advanced instruction in the resources, issues, and methods associated with the fields of New Testament, Patristics and early Christianity. In dissertation research, students are encouraged to push the current boundaries of topics and methods in their chosen fields. Our faculty members embrace research into practices and artifacts, as well as the customary literary sources, in order to explore theological themes and diverse constructions of social identity.
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Requirements for the Degree
Coursework: As part of the 12-course sequence required of all PhD students in Theology, students are required to take one course in Second Temple Judaism and one course in Greco-Roman World.
Languages: All students in this Field of Study are required to pass exams in French, German, Latin, and Greek prior to sitting for their Comprehensive Examinations.
Comprehensive Examinations: Students select two general exams from the following list of five options. Some restrictions apply, see appendix 4 in the Graduate Student Handbook. The five options are:
- The Standard NT exam offered in Biblical Studies
- The Standard Patristics/Early Christianity exam (which covers ca. 250-600 CE) offered in History of Christianity/Historical Theology
- An Ante-Nicene Christianity Exam
- A Second Temple Judaism Exam
- A Greco-Roman World Exam
Students also select a minor exam from either Biblical Studies, Historical Theology/History of Christianity, or Systematic Theology and a dissertation area exam.
Dissertation: In dissertation research, students are encouraged to push the current boundaries of topics and methods in their chosen fields. Our faculty members embrace research into practices and artifacts, as well as the customary literary sources, in order to explore theological themes and diverse constructions of social identity.
From the Departments of Classics and Art History
Christianity in Antiquity Faculty
Joseph Lienhard, SJ