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Course Description

In this course, students will be given an in-depth look at some of the most influential women in Christianity during its first four centuries. We will begin with women in the Gospels (Mary, the mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and Mary and Martha) and will then move on to learn about women who were very influential in early Christianity (Thecla, Perpetua, and Macrina). Every week, students will be asked to read from an ancient primary source and then offered an opportunity to write a short reflection about that week's Christian woman. The goal of the course is for students to understand the manifold ways that women were portrayed in early Christianity, and also to see how women shaped the movement that would eventually become the world's most popular religion. | Lecture + Q&A.
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