MPhil in Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World

Please consult the relevant Faculty Handbook and ‘Grey Book’ (exam) Regulations for this course. There is also a limited selection of recent exam papers on OXAM. For the Christian side of the course, choose Paper 1 and one other from the list below. Follow the links for tutorial topics and suggested reading lists.

In 2019-2020, first-year students will begin their studies with Prof. Goodman on the Jewish General (required) paper A1 in the Michaelmas Term, and then move to the Christian required paper B1 with Prof. Bockmuehl in the Hilary Term.

B1: Christianity to 200 CE (required paper)

No Set Texts 

B2: The Gospels and the Historical Jesus

Prescribed Texts for 2021:  Mark 1-16; Luke 9-24

B3: Acts and the Pauline Corpus

Not examined in 2021. Previously prescribed texts: Acts 16-28, Romans, Philippians 

B4: The Apostolic Fathers

Set Texts for 2021:  Epistle of Barnabas, Didache, Epistle of Polycarp, Epistle to Diognetus (in The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations, ed. & trans. Michael W. Holmes (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007). 

B5: The Apologists

Not examined in 2021. Previously prescribed texts: (1) In Greek: Justin, Dialogue with Trypho 40-47, 130-141; Justin, Apology II; Theophilus, Ad Autolycum. (2) In English: Justin, Dialogue with Trypho (all); Dialogue of Jason & Papiscus; Tatian, Ad Graecos