Module 1 – Introduction to the World of Ancient African Christianity – (6 units/9 semester hours)

This initial module focuses on the formative centuries of the early church, often designated “Ancient Christianity.”  The module begins with the apostolic experience and ends with the impact and aftermath of the Council of Chalcedon (451 C.E.), with some concluding considerations regarding the end of Ancient Christianity.  It was during these early centuries that Christianity grew from a small Jewish messianic faith community to be the majority religion of the Roman Empire – and beyond.  Module 1 includes early African geography, social history, economics, the nature of religion in the ancient world, gender relations and status, related ancient history and culture, (i.e., Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Ethiopian, Egyptian, Berber, Nubian), the African memory of Mark, and the occurrence of the first martyrdoms (such as that at Scilli).

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for the program

In October 2016, we begin with the new group of students that desires to study towards an MA in Early African Christian Studies. Now is the time to register!

in Heliopolis

The residential weeks for the MA studies and its administrative center are at St Michael and all Angels Anglican Church in Heliopolis. The MA study is ecumenical and open to students from any denomination.


» 1 October 2016. Deadline for paying the one-time Registration fee for new students only.

» 5 October 2016: deadline for paying tuition.

» 5-8 October 2016: Residential week with Dr Evan Howard on Monasticism in the Early Church