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Ideas for paper

February 13, 2009

I am at a loss for my Early Church class paper topic.  Steph suggested something related to the formation of the canon.  I had been thinking an examination of how the Church Fathers viewed a certain biblical passage.  But basically anything is fair game if it happened before 400 AD.  Art, daily life, church fathers themselves, their stories, the church in Africa, the church in the east.  It’s wide open.

The prof has already said that she would rather read something interesting and original, asking a question that hasn’t really been addressed too much.  Like, why does the Eastern church attribute the church plants in Ephesus, Thessalonica and Corinth to John instead of Paul (like Acts says)?  But that would require a truck load of research, and quite frankly, I’m not sure if this semester is the time for that.

Any ideas?  I’m looking for something to spark something.  Help a brother out.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2009 10:30 am

    Perhaps it’s because I’m in the middle of reading Wright, but it would be fun to explore his view of how the early christians understood the apocalyptic sayings of Jesus. Or, more to the point, was there a consistent view of heaven in the early church? Please write this and have it back to me by the end of the semester, because it would be extremely helpful. 🙂


  2. February 13, 2009 10:45 am

    Ooh. That’s good. Something to work from there. Keep ’em coming.

  3. Eli permalink
    February 13, 2009 1:28 pm

    See, now you’ve got me all interested and trying to figure out the John/Paul Eastern Orthodox question. It appealed to me recent Byzantine history kick.

    There’s always the traditors, who the Donatists were so set against. There’s some interesting modern parallels with them, but I don’t know if that’s outside the scope of the class. That would also probably be as much research as the Ephesus et al paper. This hasn’t been super helpful, has it?

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