CMEMS sponsors or co-sponsors a wide range of workshops and research groups that cohere into a stimulating program of opportunities for students and faculty to engage in focused discussion and debate
Exploring the New Testament investigates the social and historical context of the earliest Christians. You will read most of the books that eventually made it into Christian scripture as well as many that didn’t make the final cut. Texts from non-Christian authors, classical art, and surviving archeological remains will help you better situate early Christianity within the larger cultural world of antiquity. During the quarter you will read selections from the Dead Sea Scrolls, explore Gnostic gospels, hear of a five-year-old Jesus throwing divine temper tantrums while killing (and later resurrecting) his classmates, peruse an ancient marriage guide, and engage with recent scholarship in archeology, literary theory, history, and the social sciences.