The Early Church, Distance education

The course addresses the main issues in the development of Christianity in the first three centuries, starting as a small movement within Judaism in Palestine and developing over the centuries into the dominant religion of the Mediterranean. The course describes the religious and social history of Christianity in its various competing forms addressing several problems from doctrinal to institutional history.

By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • critically assess the earliest witnesses of Christianity
  • contextualize Judaism and early Christianity and their respective developments and identify Jewish traits in early Christianity
  • describe the emerging structures of the Early Church in Eastern Christianity
  • demonstrate an understanding of the connection between Eucharist and Church in its various eastern sources

The course literature may be subject to revision.

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  • (256 p.)

The schedule is available at the latest one month before the course starts. We do not recommend that you print the schedule as some changes may happen.

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Michael Hjälm

Head of Department of Eastern Christian Studies, Doctor of Theology, Senior Lecturer


A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, Fx = Insufficient, F = Insufficient

Examination Format

  • Papers
  • Seminars
  • Take-home examination

General requirements for university studies

Established by Subject Representative College at Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm on December 19, 2018.