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Ignatius of Antioch, attrib. Johann Apakass (17th c., Pushkin Museum)

The study of the second century has become a growth area of academic endeavour in recent times. This course will introduce students to its study through the prism of four controversial subjects: the place of women; the church as a political entity; Jews and Christians; and the origins of heresy. The course will seek to show how as a result of intellectual and social changes in the past forty or so years, the manner in which these subjects have been studied has changed. Such shifts have changed the study of these subjects in striking ways, ways which themselves impact significantly on the study of the New Testament, which is itself a product of the second century.