- Extra blog comment and essay
- Spring 2014: “Women, gender, and the body in early Christianity” (Smith)
o Two hours
o Three essays
o Choose 3/4 essay questions
- Tips for success
o The exam is 120 minutes, so spend 40 mins on each
o Spend 5 minutes gathering your thoughts and composing a quick online for each essay
o Spend 30 minutes composing the meat of your essay
At least 500 words, a little bit more than the blog comment
o Spend 5 minutes wrapping up and writing a compelling conclusion
- What will the questions be like?
o The prompts will ask you to creatively synthesize and apply what you have learned over
o As such, you must have thought a lot about the questions and material and also view
the blog, videos, podcasts and whatever is posted
o Review the “guiding” questions asked each week in the syllabus and the questions asked
of you on the blog
o Ex. How is Christianity a missionary religion?
How Paul spread the word by traveling to different places
Jesus saying to go forth to all nations
Spreading to Asia such as India
o Find natural linkages. A question about Christian community might invoke both
monasticism and the Amish.
- What have we tried to do this term?
o Do a metaview of the course material
o To provide a broad introduction to core themes an issues in the history of Christianity as
a global religion, and to build a foundation for understanding how scholars have studied
o To build the tools for interpreting why so many different forms
o By means of comparative analyses of Christians from very different historical and
- What you should be able to do at this point?
o Be familiar with primary topics
o The essay questions aren’t going to be similar to previous essays, but more focus on
topics on the latter part of the course
o Christianity as developed from Jewish sect
o Developed insight how Christianity is studied by those who examine history o Developed competence and critiquing sources and thereby preparing you for upper-
level courses in the history of Christianity
- Other things about the essay
o Don’t need 4 lines of intro, can jump right into answering the questions but it still has to
- Lecture material: can we talk about “Christianity” in the singular?
- What are the boundaries of Christianity?
- What marks something as being “Christian” as opposed to being something else?
o Not an easy question to answering
o Not to impose our understanding of what Christianity should be but also recognized that
words do have meanings
o There are boundaries but it is much easier said than done
o What is fundamental and essential to Christianity?
- Some ideas of what’s important to some Christians
o Practices, rituals, liturgies, what you wear?
o Such as the Catholic church or the handling of snak