5641006Christian Studies (Seminars)

Numbering Code G-LET08 75641 SJ34 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Seminar
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Mon.4
Instructor name TSUDA KENJI (Graduate School of Letters Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The purpose of this seminar is for students to read classical studies related to the history of doctrine in early Christianity, to obtain a comprehensive overview of doctrinal themes and the characteristics of church fathers as found in extensive ancient historical texts, and to learn how doctrine presents historical progress. In this seminar, we will aim to improve students' reading comprehension abilities necessary for research in Christian thought, by intensively reading studies that developed the field of patristics in modern Germany.
Course Goals Students will cultivate the fundamental academic abilities needed for studying ancient Christian thought by intensively reading German-language texts, including Latin and Greek citations of church fathers.
Schedule and Contents In the first semester this year, this seminar will cover the book "Marcion," one of the most important works of the final years of Adolf Harnack's life.

Adolf von Harnack, Marcion Das Evangelium vom fremden Gott: Eine Monographie zur Geschichte der Grundlegung der katholischen Kirche, 2te Auflage (Leipzig 1924), BKT: Darmstadt,1996.

1. Orientation
2. Assumptions of religious history
3. Unknown foreign gods
4. Heterodoxy
5. Apostolic missions
6. Paul
7. Religions of salvation
8. The life and influence of Marcion of Sinope
9. Marcion's point of departure
10. Commandments and the gospel
11. Salvation from the world, commandments, and the creator
12. Critics and restorers
13. The Marcion Bible
14. Marcion's "Opposition Proposition"
15. Summary and conclusion, and explanation of reports, etc.
Evaluation Methods and Policy By class participation. Students will be comprehensively assessed based on their translations in each class session, and several presentations that they will be assigned in line with individual motifs from the texts.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students should attend the seminar having closely read and translated the texts for that session and clarified the point at issue in the argument. Then, the student who will lead the presentation for that class session will present a report based on preparations in line with the topic by reading over related texts.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Other, texts to be used will be copied and distributed.
References, etc. Introduced during class