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Theology Graduate Courses

Fall 2019

THEO-5300-R01    Hist of Christianity I    
Lienhard, Joseph T

An introduction to the history of Christian doctrine and theology in the period from the end of New Testament times to 1500. Doctrine is what the church of Jesus Christ believes, teaches, and confesses on the basis of the word of God (J. Pelikan). Theology is reflection on doctrine in light of oneself, one’s world, and one’s experience.The course will run on two parallel tracks. One track will be lectures, which will treat, first, the formation of the canon of the Bible, and then four principal doctrines of Christian faith: the one God whose name is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the person of Jesus the Christ, true God and true man; sin, grace, freedom, and predestination; and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.The second track, which is intended to enhance participants’ understanding of the greatest theologians and movements of the period, will consist of reading Robert L. Wilken’s The First Thousand Years, and five other, relatively short books, and reporting on the latter in writing.

THEO-5890-R01 -    New Testament Interpretation        
Welborn, Larry L

This course is an introduction to the literature that comprises the New Testament in its ancient cultural contexts.  Attention will be devoted to the historical setting of the New Testament, the process by which the New Testament writings came into existence, and the structure and content of each writing.  Students will encounter major themes in early Christian tradition, such as:  salvation, sin, faith, discipleship, the Spirit, and the church.  Where appropriate, comparisons will be made with similar themes in Jewish and Greco-Roman literature of the period.  The course provides opportunities for students to utilize various methods of interpretation, which have been applied to the New Testament.  A secondary concern of the course involves the use of the New Testament as a source for reconstructing the social experience of the first Christians.

THEO-6031-R01 - The Psalms                
Nasuti, Harry P

An introduction to the book of Psalms purpose is to acquaint the student with the text of Psalms and with some of the literary, historical, and theological issues that arise from a reading of that text.The book of Psalms has had a long and varied history of interpretation since its origins in ancient Israel.  Some of the variations in interpretation may be traced to the changing ways in which the biblical text as a whole has been read.  It is currently fashionable to divide the history of biblical interpretation into three major periods or approaches: pre-critical, critical, and post-critical. This history raises a number of significant methodological and theological issues for the modern interpretation of the book of Psalms.  As a result, a further purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with these issues and to encourage a greater hermeneutical sophistication in his or her own appropriation of this and other biblical texts. 

THEO-6198-R01 -    Self in Early Christianity        
Dunning, Benjamin H

An examination of different notions of "the self" in early Christianity with particular attention to ancient ideas about status, gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity, as well as their implications for Christians in the pre-Constantinian era.

THEO-6465-R01 -    Asceticism and Monas  
Lienhard, Joseph T

The course begins with a consideration of asceticism in Judaism, among pagans, and in early Christianity, including dedicated virginity, and then treats the history of the monastic movement up to the Carolingian era and Benedict of Aniane.  The principal work of the course is reading and analyzing, in English translation, pertinent documents from this period, from four categories: lives of monks, collected lives, rules, and theory.

THEO-6490-R01    Christianity and Violence         
Demacopoulos, George E

This course explores the often ambivalent relationship between Christianity and violence in the pre-modern world. Readings include a broad range of primary sources including martyr acts, liturgical hymns, canon law, and Crusader chronicles as well as influential scholarly assessments of the history of Christianity and violence.

THEO-6659-R01 -    Latinx Theology                
Guardado, Leonel

This course will focus on the theological contributions that have arisen from the Latina/o community in the United States in the past half century in diverse subfields such as ecclesiology, theological anthropology, biblical studies, social ethics, christology, and mariology, among others. The course will first provide a historical context that includes colonial Christianity and Latin American theology in order to better understand how and why Latinx theology emerged. Then it will analyze the particular questions that have guided theologians working with and within Latinx communities, and finally, explore critiques and growing edges. From its inception, Latina/o theology has had a commitment to engage the lived reality of its people, and thus methodologically this theology has been grounded on modes of accompaniment and/or ethnographic practice. In that spirit, this course will require not only that students read and reflect upon texts, but also that they engage in their own process of accompaniment and/or ethnographic study of a local community in New York City. 

THEO-6721-R01 -    African American Theo Ethics        
Massingale, Bryan N

This is a comprehensive examination of the field of African American theological ethics, that is, ethical reflection by African American believers upon the “Black Experience” in the United States.  The course will study both historical and contemporary forms of African American faith-based ethical inquiry. The seminar is structured around a broadly historical outline, focusing upon the central existential and ethical challenges endured by the collective US Black community, namely, enslavement, segregation, and continuing discrimination, disenfranchisement, and mass incarceration.Given the sprawling nature of “African American theological ethics,” this seminar will focus on ethical thought and witness that, with few exceptions, arises out of US Black Christian faith.The course will focus upon both “tradition” and “creative innovation/growing edges” in the heritage of African American ethical thought.  That is, after a survey of foundational and seminal perspectives and figures, we will engage pressing concerns that occupy the attention of Black Christian ethicists and/or emerging issues that have yet to be adequately addressed in African American theological ethical discourse.

Previous Courses

THEO 5024 - Genesis in Hebrew
THEO 5070 - Elementary Coptic I
THEO 5075 - Syriac Language and Literature I
THEO 5300 - History of Christianity I
THEO 5401 - Introduction to Islam
THEO 5500 - Religion and American Public Life
THEO 5600 - Introduction to Systematic Theology
THEO 5620 - M.A. Introduction to Systematic Theology
THEO 5890 - Introduction to the New Testament
THEO 5892 - Hellenistic Greek Texts
THEO 6000 - History, Theory, and the Study of Religion
THEO 6215 - First and Second Corinthians
THEO 6192 - Greco-Roman Context of Early Christianity
THEO 6194 - History, Theory, and Christianity
THEO 6011 - Genesis in Judaism and Christianity
THEO 6031 - The Psalms
THEO 6026 - Second Temple Judaism
THEO 6196 - Early Christian Ritual
THEO 6198 - The Self in Early Christianity
THEO 6210 - Pauline Theology
THEO 6213 - Justice and Empire In St. Paul and Rome
THEO 6214 - Old Testament Theology
THEO 6216 - The Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
THEO 6300 - The Apostolic Fathers
THEO 6311 - The Early Papacy
THEO 6365 - Cappadocian Fathers
THEO 6370 - St. Maximus the Confessor
THEO 6400 - Theological Anthropology and Human Diversity
THEO 6426 - St. Augustine of Hippo
THEO 6458 - Medieval Exegesis
THEO 6444 - Medieval Modernists
THEO 6462 - Dissenters and Heretics
THEO 6464 - The Reformation
THEO 6465 - Asceticism and Monasticism
THEO 6466 - Hagiography
THEO 6480 - Christianizing the Barbarians
THEO 6509 - Theology and Religious Pluralism
THEO 6530 - Modern Catholicism and Difference: Negotiating with Cultural and Religious Others from the First Jesuits to the Present
THEO 6541 - Modern Protestant Theology
THEO 6542 - Modern European Catholicism
THEO 6556 - Texts in American Theology
THEO 6600 - Modern Orthodox Theology
THEO 6612 - New Methods in Constructive Theology
THEO 6616 - Contemporary Theology of the Trinity
THEO 6620 - God in Contemporary Theology
THEO 6621 - God in Comparative Theology
THEO 6630 - Church and Contemporary Theology
THEO 6631 - Missiology
THEO 6657 - The Eucharist and the World Today
THEO 6671 - Contemporary Christology
THEO 6672 - Feminist Theology
THEO 6674 - Ecological Theology
THEO 6676 - Sexual Ethics
THEO 6710 - Issues in Fundamental Moral Theology
THEO 6732 - Ethics and Economics
THEO 6733 - Theology and Science
THEO 6734 - The Beauty of Justice
THEO 6737 - God and the Mystery of Suffering
THEO 7222 - New Perspectives on Paul
THEO 7632 - Theology and Aesthetics
THEO 7730 - Liberation Theology
THEO 7731 - Religion and Revolution
THEO 7736 - Bioethics
THEO 7801 - Hermeneutics and Theology