We will focus in class on 1 Clement, the Didache, Ignatius, and the Shepherd of Hermas. If you have time, read the texts about canon and scripture; they will not be on the quiz. We will look at them together in class Tuesday.
Background information about texts:
Important people, terms, and concepts
the letter “1 Clement”
boundaries between Christians and non-Christians
intra-Christian boundaries (heresy and orthodoxy)
authority and power in the early churches
understandings of Christian scripture (in general and as a way of establishing identity and boundaries)
What do the following texts/authors think is the role of the bishop in a Christian community? How do they justify or explain the origins of the bishop’s authority and power? Consider how their arguments about the bishop are the same or different.
In his letters, what does Ignatius say about intra-Christian boundaries? What does it mean to be a Christian for Ignatius, and what does he say about people who claim to be Christian but whom Ignatius thinks really are not true Christians?
What does the Shepherd of Hermas say about sin after baptism?
Look at the lists some early Christians compiled of the texts they considered sacred scripture. How much are they alike, how are they different? What do you think is significant about these lists?