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This course explores one of the alternative forms of early Christianity known as Gnosticism. In sampling some of the many writings that never made it into Christianity’s “official” Scriptures or teachings, we will get to know how the Gnostics understood the life and teaching of Jesus and why this made them the black sheep of the early church. Readings include the Gospel of Mary of Magdala as well as The Gospel of Judas.
GROUP LEADER: Kathleen Fisher, Associate Professor of Theology, joined the Assumption faculty in 2002. She specializes in early and medieval Christian history, with a great love for early Irish history - apparently they had their own brand of Celtic Gnosticism, as only the Irish could!
REQUIRED BOOK: Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament, Bart D. Ehrman, Oxford University Press, New Ed edition (September 15, 2005) ISBN: 978-0195182507.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609