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Course Reserves for CH111 - History of Christianity I

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Deaconess Myka Kennedy Stephens
Seminary Librarian and Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography

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The Early Church, 100-500
The following are books from McGrath's further reading list (p. 68-70). Some titles are held by Franklin & Marshall College, with whom we have a special borrowing agreement. Books not held by Schaff Library may be requested via InterLibrary Loan (ILL) using the link provided. Please allow up to 2 weeks for an ILL request to be filled.

 Nicea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology by Lewis Ayres

 Constantine and Eusebius by Timothy D. Barnes

 Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches ed. by Anthony J. Blasi, Paul-Andre Turcotte, and Jean Duhaime

 The Search for the Origins of Christian Worship: Sources and Methods for the Study of Early Liturgy by Paul F. Bradshaw

 A Political History of Early Christianity by Allen Brent

 Cyprian and Roman Carthage by Allen Brent

 The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, AD 200-1000 by Peter Brown

 What Are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography by Richard A. Burridge

 From Synagogue to Church: Public Services and Offices in the Earliest Christian Communities by James Tunstead Burtchaell

The New Prophecy and "New Visions": Evidence of Montanism in the Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas by Rex Butler - Request via ILL

 The Church in Ancient Society from Galilee to Gregory the Great by Henry Chadwick

Reading Renunciation: Asceticism and Scripture in Early Christianity by Elizabeth A. Clark - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 Women in Late Antiquity: Pagan and Christian Lifestyles by Gillian Clark

 Women in the World of the Earliest Christians by Lynn H. Cohick

 Pagan City and Christian Capital: Rome in the Fourth Century by John R. Curran

Cult of St. Thecla by Stephen J. Davis - Request via ILL

Christian Persecution, Martyrdom, and Orthodoxy ed. by G. E. M. de Ste. Croix, Michael Whitby, and Joseph Streeter - Request via ILL

 Virgins of God: The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity bu Susanna Elm

 The Early Christian World by Philip F. Esler

 The First Christian Theologians: An Introduction to Theology in the Early Church by G. R. Evans

 A New History of Early Christianity by Charles Freeman

 The Donatist Church: A Movement of Protest in Roman North Africa by W. H. C. Frend

 Christianity in Ancient Rome: The First Three Centuries by Bernard Green

Dynamics of Identity in the World of the Early Christians: Associations, Judeans, and Cultural Minorities by Philip A. Harland - Request via ILL

Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism by William Harmless - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries: Essays in Explanation by William V. Harris

 The Rise of Normative Christianity by Arland J. Hultgren

 Early Christianity by Mark Humphries

Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity: The Jovianist Controversy by David G. Hunter - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 Early Christian Doctrines by J. N. D. Kelly

 From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries by Peter Lampe

 Feminist Companion to Patristic Literature ed. by Amy-Jill Levine and Maria Mayo Robbins

 Christian Identity in the Jewish and Graeco-Roman World by Judith Lieu

 The Early Church: History and Memory by Josef Lossl

 Heresy by Alister E. McGrath

 The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance by Bruce M. Metzger

 The Family in Late Antiquity: The Rise of Christianity and the Endurance of Tradition by Geoffrey Nathan

Constantine and the Christian Empire by Charles M. Odahl - Request via ILL

 The Rise of Christianity: A Sociologist Reconsiders History by Rodney Stark

After the First Urban Christians: The Social-Scientific Study of Pauline Christianity Twenty-Five Years Later by Todd D. Still and David G. Horrell - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God by Robert L. Wilken

 Arius: Heresy and Tradition by Rowan Williams

 Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture by Frances M. Young

 The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature edited by Frances Young, Lewis Ayers, and Andrew Louth
The Middle Ages and Renaissance, c. 500-c. 1500
The following are books from McGrath's further reading list (p. 148-149). Some titles are held by Franklin & Marshall College, with whom we have a special borrowing agreement. Books not held by Schaff Library may be requested via InterLibrary Loan (ILL) using the link provided. Please allow up to 2 weeks for an ILL request to be filled.

The Church and Learning in Later Medieval Society edited by Caroline M. Barron and Jenny Stratford - Request via ILL

The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization, and Cultural Change, 950-1350 by Robert Bartlett - Available at F&MRequest via ILL

Women in Early Medieval Europe, 400-1000 by Lisa Bitel - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

A World of Independent Women from the 12th Century to the Present Day: The Flemish Beguinages by Genevieve de Cant - Request via ILL

Medieval Foundations of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 400-1400 by Marcia L. Colish - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 The Medieval World View: An Introduction by William R. Cook and Ronald B. Herzman - Available at F&M  - Request via ILL

 Pope Gregory VII, 1073-1085 by H. E. J. Cowdrey

 The Stripping of the Altars: Traditional Religion in England c.1400-c.1580 by Eamon Duffy

Ordering the Heavens: Roman Astronomy and Cosmology in the Carolingian Renaissance by B. S. Eastwood - Request via ILL

 The Medieval Theologians by G. R. Evans

Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century by Richard Foltz - Request via ILL

Augustine in the Italian Renaissance: Art and Philosophy from Petrarch to Michelangelo by Meredith J. Gill - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

Planets, Stars and Orbs: The Medieval Cosmos by Edward Grant - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 A History of Byzantium by Timothy E. Gregory

The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy edited by James Hankins - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

Medieval Philosophy and the Classical Tradition in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity edited by John Inglis - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

Popular Piety and Art in the Late Middle Ages: Image Worship and Idolatry in England, 1350-1500 by Kathleen Kamerick - Request via ILL

 The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism edited by Jill Kraye

Medieval Heresy: Popular Movements from the Gregorian Reform to the Reformation by Malcolm Lambert - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature by C. S. Lewis

Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 by Henrietta Leyser - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

A History of the Church in the Middle Ages by F. Donald Logan - Request via ILL

 Storytelling in Christian Art from Giotto to Donatello by Jules Lubbock

Church and Cosmos in Early Ottonian Germany: The View from Cologne by Henry Mayr-Harting - Request via ILL

Humanism and the Culture of Renaissance Europe by Charles G. Nauert - Available at F&M  - Request via ILL

Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain by Joseph F. O'Callaghan - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 Scholasticism: Personalities and Problems of Medieval Philosophy by Josef Pieper

 Women and the Religious Life in Premodern Europe by Patricia Ranft

A History of the Middle Ages, 300-1500 by John M. Riddle - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 The First Crusaders, 1095-1131 by Jonathan Riley-Smith

Canon Law and the Letters of Ivo of Chartres by Christof Rolker - Request via ILL

The Story of a Great Medieval Book: Peter Lombard's "Sentences" by Philipp W. Rosemann - Request via ILL

Medieval Women and the Sources of Medieval History edited by Joel T. Rosenthal - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

A History of Russian Christianity by Daniel H. Shubin - Request via ILL

The Church in the Later Middle Ages by Norman P. Tanner - Available at F&M - Request via ILL

 An Introduction to Medieval Theology by Rik van Nieuwenhove

 Women's Monasticism and Medieval Society: Nunneries in France and England, 890-1215 by Bruce L. Venarde

 The Medieval Church: From the Dawn of the Middle Ages to the Eve of the Reformation by Carl A. Volz

 The Renaissance Discovery of Classical Antiquity by Roberto Weiss

Art in Renaissance Italy 1350-1500 by Evelyn Welsh - Request via ILL
Reading to Review Presentation
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Big6 Steps for Writing a Book Review
Using the Big6 Skills process model approach, here are some steps that may help you work through writing your book review.

Step 1: Task Definition
Read the assignment thoroughly and make sure you understand what the requirements and expectations are. Is there anything you don't understand or aren't sure about? Ask questions!

Step 2: Information Seeking Strategies
What type of information do you need to complete the assignment? Which books are you most interested in from the list of possible titles? Are there additional resources (in this guide or elsewhere) that may help you in preparing to write your review? This step is about brainstorming on what sources you might need to look for and what may help you complete the assignment.
     An important note: while you might think it helpful to read someone else's review of the book you intend to review, it is best to avoid looking at someone else's review of your selected book. This will help you to develop your own independent, scholarly voice.

Step 3: Location and Access
This is when you go to the library and/or look things up on the Internet. You will locate the book your reviewing and any additional resources that you think might be helpful to your process.
     As you do a quick skim of your sources, you may find that they lead you to other sources or that there are additional sources you may need to identify by revisiting Step 2.

Step 4: Use of Information
This is the intense stage of reading the book you are reviewing. If you aren't sure about how to write a book review, this step may also include reading a few book reviews for other books (not the one you are reviewing) to better understand the genre and style. Use the questions in the assignment guidelines to help track your critical engagement with the book as you read.
     As you read the book your are reviewing, you may find it helpful to consult outside sources to round out your knowledge of certain concepts or topics. This is not a research paper, however, and consulting outside sources is not necessary. If you choose to engage in additional research, you will repeat steps 2, 3, and 4. 

Step 5: Synthesis
This is the writing stage. You'll want to organize your notes from reading the book and put them into a book review format. Be sure you understand the preferred format and MLA Style for your references and citations. Most will find it necessary to only cite the book you are reviewing and will not cite additional sources. It is a good idea to draft your book review several days before the due date to allow yourself time to reread it and revise it before turning it in. 

Step 6: Evaluation
When you have finished the assignment, take a step back and ask yourself, "How did it go?" Are you happy with what you are turning in? Do you still have questions that are unanswered? Are there any parts of the process (Step 1 through Step 5) that you would do differently next time? What have you learned about the course material, book reviews, writing, and your own creative process?
Online Resources for Writing Book Reviews
"Writing Theological Book Reviews" by the librarians at Trinity College in the University of Toronto is a comprehensive guide for writing book reviews. It breaks the process down into four parts: prepare to read and review, read the book, organize your thoughts, and write the review.

A Sample Book Review can be found on McAfee School of Theology's website. This student paper may provide a helpful glimpse into one way a theological book review can be formatted for a seminary class. Please note that this is a sample from another school and the requirements of your assignment at LTS may differ greatly. This sample also uses the Chicago style for references, which is different from the MLA style adopted by LTS.
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Big6 Skills Planning Worksheet
 Big6SkillsWorksheet.pdf pdf 

This worksheet can help you organize and plan your work for the assignment if you decide to follow the Big6 Skills approach outlined to the left.
How to Find Book Reviews
Looking at published book reviews may also be helpful as you prepare for this assignment. Here's how to find a book review through the ATLA Religion Database.

Book Reviews in ATLA Religion Database
1. Go to the Databases page

2. Click ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials

3. Enter your search parameters (keyword, journal title, publication date, etc.) or leave them blank, and do two additional things:
a) select "Review" under Publication Type on the bottom left of the Limit Your Results box.
b) check the box next to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals"

4. Execute the search to see your results