Church and Community in Early Christianity

Module Level


Time Allowance

Lectures Private Study Assignment 24 hours 24 hours 12 hours


Essay 35% Class Participation 15% End of Semester Exam 50%

Module Aims

• To introduce students to some of the most importantPatristic texts in >span class="s6"> early Church.

• To enable students to engage critically with some keyPatristic texts, seen in their cultural and historicalcontext.

• To familiarise students with the emergence of Christian theology with a specific focus on the Church, developingministerial structures and liturgical life.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course students should: • Appreciate the contribution of some major Fathers of the Church to the -understanding. • Become familiar with reading and interpreting Patristic texts, attentive to their use of sources and Scripture, and their historical, cultural and theological context. • Know how to access critical editions of Patristic texts, reputable translations and relevant secondary materials and commentaries.


  • Boniface Ramsey, Beginning to Read the Fathers Revised Edition (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2012).
  • Michael W. Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations. 3rd ed. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2007)