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CONT4405 – Empire and Christianity

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Course content

The aim of this course is to explore the possible links and connections between early Christianity and Christian commitment to political action in our age in relation to an empire. The course will give tools to theorize the concept of “empire” in the days of early Christianity as well as in our age of globalization. The comparison of empire in the past and in the present will highlight how the description of a historical past is inevitably tied to present human imagination. Applying contemporary approaches and lens on the past will at the same time be problematized in order to develop critical hermeneutical skills when dealing with different historical contexts.  It will relate the mission of the churches in relation to contemporary social movements and political issues.

Learning outcome

Through this course, students will have obtained critical insight in the hermeneutical process implied when comparing different historical contexts and its significance for ethical, political and theological conclusions.


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Bachelor degree with an area of emphasis in theology or Christian studies, 80 credits or equivalent. Admission to the Master program in Intercontextual Theology or equivalent.


Recommended previous knowledge

Introductions to Pauline studies, for example: Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament. A Historical Introduction. § 19: Paul the Apostle: The Man and his Mission.


The course will be given throughout the whole semester with lectures and seminar teaching.

Obligatory requirements

Oral presentations of two written essays (around 1000 words) based on the curriculum texts.


Examination support material

A paper of 3000-4000 words.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in English , Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Facts about this course






Spring 2014


Spring 2014

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