Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 31 July |
Saint of the Day: St. Ignatius Loyola
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

Take this free online course from Yale on early Christianity

BRUCE GORDON

Fair Use | coursera.org

John Burger - published on 08/01/18

Bruce Gordon takes viewer on tour of Mediterranean world to discuss growth of the Christian religion

Bruce Gordon is Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School. He leads a free online course that follows the development of Western Christianity from its early persecution under the Roman Empire in the third century to its global expansion with the Jesuits of the early modern world.

The course can be accessed here, and viewers can pay extra to get a certificate.

Along with doctoral students, Gordon explores the dynamic and diverse character of early Christianity and the people who advanced its history. They include St. Perpetua, who was martyred in Carthage; St. Augustine; Celtic monks and missionaries; and Martin Luther. Gordon also looks at Christian engagement with Jews and Muslims, and examines ways in which the culture of the West was transformed by Jewish and Islamic learning.

Filming is set in the Yale art gallery and includes a special interview with assistant curator Lisa Brody, who looks at Yale-owned artifacts from the early Syrian settlement of Dura-Europos. An image found there by Yale archaeologists in the early 20th century, formerly thought to be of the Samaritan woman at the well who had a transformative encounter with Jesus, is now thought by some to be an icon of the Annunciation. If so, it could be the first known image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Tags:
History
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
HIDILYN DIAZ
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
2
SIMONE BILES
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
3
PRINCESS DIANA AND MOTHER TERESA
Mathilde De Robien
Did you know Princess Di was buried with a rosary?
4
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
5
JEDZENIE
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
6
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
7
Lauren Daigle
J-P Mauro
After 3 years Lauren Daigle ousts herself from #1 Billboard spot
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.