Christian Gnosticism and the Epistles of the New Testament

Course Information
TitleΧριστιανικός Γνωστικισμός και Επιστολές της Καινής Διαθήκης / Christian Gnosticism and the Epistles of the New Testament
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorCharalampos Atmatzidis
Course ID600015280

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-3

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • 201 Interpretation of the historical books of the old Testament from the Septuagint Text
  • 706 Old Testament Theology
  • 107 New Testament I: Introduction, History and Culture of the New Testament period
  • 406 New Testament II: Interpretation of the Gospels
  • 506 New Testament III: Interpretation of the New Testament Epistles
  • 806 New Testament IV: New Testament Theology
  • 2169 Biblical Hebrew language and culture
  • 2199 The Interpretation of the New Testament in the 21st century
  • 2202 Exegetical Methods of the New Testament
General Prerequisites
The course is introductory and can be attended by all students
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will gain a general knowledge of Christian Gnosticism and will be able to approach the New Testament texts more effectively
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
General reference to gnosticism Linking Gnosticism to the New Testament texts Comparing Theology and Ethics of Gnosticism with the Theology of Early Christianity
Gnosticism, New Testament, Christian Gnosticism, Theology, Ethics
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
All offered information and technology capabilities are used in the course
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Course attendance Collective or individual work presentation Final work deposit
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Χ. Ατματζίδης, Ερμηνευτικό Υπόμνημα στην Β΄ Πέτρου, Ostracon Publishing
Additional bibliography for study
1. Χριστιανικός γνωστικισμός. Τα κοπτικά κείμενα του Nag Hammadi στην Αίγυπτο, επιμέλεια Σ. Αγουρίδης, εκδόσεις «ΑΡΤΟΣ ΖΩΗΣ», Αθήνα 1989. 2. Nag Hammadi Deutsch, Studienausgabe, De Gruyter, Berlin/New York 2010. 3. The Nag Hammadi Library in English, J. M. Robinson (ed.), Brill, Leiden 1988. 4. Die Gnosis, Erster Band, Zeugnisse der Kirchenväter, Artemis Verlag, Zürich – München 1979. 5. The Gnostic Bible, W. Barnstone / M. Meyer (ed.), Boston & London 2003 6. King L. Karen, Τι είναι γνωστικισμός;, εκδ. Ενάλιος, Αθήνα 2010. 7. Το κατά Θωμάν απόκρυφο Ευαγγέλιο, Εκδόσεις Ζήτρος, Θεσσαλονίκη 2006. 8. Jonas, H., The Cnostic Religion, Boston 1992. 9. Martin, S. The Gnostics. The First Christian Heretics, Pocket Essentials 2006. 10. Rudolf, K., Gnosis. The Nature & History of Gnosticism. Harper San Frnacisco 1987. 11. Pearson, B. A., Ancient Gnosticism. Tradition and Literature, Fortress Press Minneapolis 2007.
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