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Lois Farag

Lois Farag

Associate Professor of Early Church History

  • Ph.D. (The Catholic University of America)
  • M.Div. (Harvard Divinity School)

Biography

Lois Farag joined Luther Seminary in 2005 as assistant professor of Early Church History. Previously she served as adjunct faculty at Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Md., Trinity College, Washington, D.C., and full time faculty at Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, Md.

Farag received the bachelor of science degree from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, in 1977. She earned her master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., in 1997 and her doctorate from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in 2003. She also studied as a research fellow at the Institute of Christian Oriental Research, Washington, D.C.

A monastic of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Farag is a frequent lecturer. She authored St. Cyril of Alexandria, A New Testament Exegete: His Commentary on the Gospel of John. Gorgias Press, 2007, and Balance of the Heart, Desert Spirituality of Twenty-First Century Christians, Cascade Publishing, 2012.

She is a member of the North American Patristics Society, American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, The Models of Piety in Late Antiquity Research Group.

Courses

HC 2330 01CHRISTIANS OF MIDDLE EAST - AFRICA Summer Term 2017-2018

An historical examination of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Key figures, ecclesial expressions, theological disputes, biblical interpretations, cultural expressions, and interactions with their social, political, and religious worlds will be discussed. Special attention will be given to theologies of mission, and the ways in which this is lived out in their churches.

HC 0305 01HISTORY I-FROM APOSTLES TO REFORMERSpring Semester 2017-2018

An examination of how Christians have practiced, understood and given public witness to their faith from its beginnings to the Western Reformation (1517). This course pays particular attention to topics formative of Christian identity such as orthodoxy, heresy, Trinity, mission, culture, and politics. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith in religiously pluralistic societies in Asia, Africa and Europe.

HC 0305 02HISTORY I-FROM APOSTLES TO REFORMERSpring Semester 2017-2018

An examination of how Christians have practiced, understood and given public witness to their faith from its beginnings to the Western Reformation (1517). This course pays particular attention to topics formative of Christian identity such as orthodoxy, heresy, Trinity, mission, culture, and politics. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith in religiously pluralistic societies in Asia, Africa and Europe. Equivalency: HC0316 Apostles to Reformers

HC 2328 01CHRIST IN THE EARLY CHURCH Spring Semester 2017-2018

The formation of Christian theology through the first five centuries over and against opposing heresy. The course is a study of controversies that impacted the life of early Christians, the sixteenth century reformers and the present day. Topics such as Trinitarian theology, Incarnation, salvation, creeds and topics relevant to Christian theology today are included.

HC 6328 01ORTHODOXY AND HERESY Spring Semester 2017-2018

The formation of Christian theology through the first five centuries over and against opposing heresy. The course is a study of controversies that impacted the life of early Christians, the sixteenth century reformers and the present day. Topics such as Trinitarian theology, Incarnation, salvation, creeds and topics relevant to Christian theology today are included.

HC 0305 02 50HIST I-FROM APOST TO REFORMER-ONLINFall Semester 2017-2018

An examination of how Christians have practiced, understood and given public witness to their faith from its beginnings to the Western Reformation (1517). This course pays particular attention to topics formative of Christian identity such as orthodoxy, heresy, Trinity, mission, culture, and politics. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith in religiously pluralistic societies in Asia, Africa and Europe. Equivalency: HC0316 Apostles to Reformers

HC 0305 50HISTORY I-FROM APOSTLES TO REF-ONLIFall Semester 2017-2018

An examination of how Christians have practiced, understood and given public witness to their faith from its beginnings to the Western Reformation (1517). This course pays particular attention to topics formative of Christian identity such as orthodoxy, heresy, Trinity, mission, culture, and politics. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith in religiously pluralistic societies in Asia, Africa and Europe.

HC 2338 01ADAM AND EVE Summer Term 2016-2017

A close examination of the creation narrative and its interpretation in early Christianity. An in depth analysis of the philosophical, political, legal, and theological writings and social norms that influenced the interpretation of the creation of Adam and Eve that shaped the understanding of the relationship between male and female throughout Christian history.

HC 6338 01ADAM AND EVE Summer Term 2016-2017

A close examination of the creation narrative and its interpretation in early Christianity. An in depth analysis of the philosophical, political, legal, and theological writings and social norms that influenced the interpretation of the creation of Adam and Eve that shaped the understanding of the relationship between male and female throughout Christian history.

HC 0316 01APOSTLES TO REFORMERS Spring Semester 2016-2017

The examination of how Christians have practiced, understood and given public witness to their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith in religiously pluralistic societies in Asia, Africa and Europe. (Formerly HC0315 History of Christianity, Beginnings to 1400)

HC 1333 01 F6DESERT SPIRITUALITY FOR 21ST CENT Spring Semester 2016-2017

An introduction to the spirituality and literature of the early men and women who lived in the Egyptian desert. Special attention will be given to their teachings on topics including following Christ, reading scripture, prayer, and living a Christian life; and their past and present spiritual influence on the Church in East and West.; FULFILLS CROSS-CULTURAL CURRIC EQUIVALENCIES

HC 2324 50 S6STUDIES IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY Spring Semester 2016-2017

Exploring early Christian writers and their various genres such as theological treatises and Biblical commentaries. Special attention is given to Early Christian spirituality and its relationship to the formation of Christian leaders for ministry. The course can be taken more than once with different topics. SPRING 2016-2017 FOCUS: SOCRATES ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

HC 6324 50 S6SOCRATES ECCLESIASTICAL HIST-ONLINESpring Semester 2016-2017

Exploring early Christian writers and their various genres such as theological treatises and Biblical commentaries. Special attention is given to Early Christian spirituality and its relationship to the formation of Christian leaders for ministry. The course can be taken more than once with different topics. TOPIC SPRING 2016-2017: SOCRATES ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

HC 6333 01 F6DESERT SPIRITUALITY FOR 21ST CENT Spring Semester 2016-2017

An introduction to the spirituality and literature of the early men and women who lived in the Egyptian desert. Special attention will be given to their teachings on topics including following Christ, reading scripture, prayer, and living a Christian life; and their past and present spiritual influence on the Church in East and West.

HC 0316 50APOSTLES TO REFORMERS - ONLINE Fall Semester 2016-2017

The examination of how Christians have practiced, understood and given public witness to their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith in religiously pluralistic societies in Asia, Africa and Europe. (Formerly HC0315 History of Christianity, Beginnings to 1400)

HC 2324 S6 50STUDIES IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY Fall Semester 2016-2017

Exploring early Christian writers and their various genres such as theological treatises and Biblical commentaries. Special attention is given to Early Christian spirituality and its relationship to the formation of Christian leaders for ministry. The course can be taken more than once with different topics. TOPIC FALL 2016 ONLINE: THE LORD'S PRAYER

HC 6324 S6 50LORDS PRAYER-STUD IN EARLY CHR-ONL Fall Semester 2016-2017

Exploring early Christian writers and their various genres such as theological treatises and Biblical commentaries. Special attention is given to Early Christian spirituality and its relationship to the formation of Christian leaders for ministry. The course can be taken more than once with different topics. TOPIC FALL 2016 ONLINE: THE LORD'S PRAYER

HC 2336 01 50AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO-ONLINE Summer Term 2015-2016

A close study of the writings of Augustine of Hippo, the founder of Western theology as well as a major source of Martin Luther’s theology. An overview of his life and work through the extensive reading of primary sources. Special attention will be given to his philosophical presuppositions, and topics such as the growing place of grace in his theology, the question of good and evil, free will, and predestination. PRE-WORK READING PERIOD JUNE 22 - JULY 4, 2016

HC 0316 01APOSTLES TO REFORMERS Spring Semester 2015-2016

The examination of how Christians have practiced, understood and given public witness to their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith in religiously pluralistic societies in Asia, Africa and Europe. (Formerly HC0315 History of Christianity, Beginnings to 1400)

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