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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 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 02 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. TOPIC FALL 2016 ONLINE: THE LORD'S PRAYER. TOPIC SPRING 2016-2017 ONLINE SECTION 1: SOCRATES TOPIC SPRING 2016-2017 ONLINE SECTION 2: EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA

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 02 S6EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA-ONLINE 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. TOPIC FALL 2016 ONLINE: THE LORD'S PRAYER. TOPIC SPRING 2016-2017 ONLINE SECTION 1: SOCRATES TOPIC SPRING 2016-2017 ONLINE SECTION 2: HISTORY OF EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA

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 01STUDIES 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 RESIDENTIAL: HISTORY OF EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA; PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED; PRE WORK PERIOD SEPTEMBER 21-OCTOBER 18 AND POST WORK SESSION OCTOBER 22-31

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 2338 01ADAM AND EVE-CANCELED 8-23 Fall Semester 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 6324 01EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA-CANCELED 8/23 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 RESIDENTIAL: HISTORY OF EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA; PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED; PRE WORK PERIOD SEPTEMBER 21-OCTOBER 18 AND POST WORK SESSION OCTOBER 22-31

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 6338 01ADAM AND EVE-CANCELED 8-23 Fall Semester 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 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)

HC 1367 01CHR IN INDIA-CANCELLED-8.24.15 January Term 2015-2016

An immersion learning experience that provides an in-depth study of the history and theological contributions of Christian communities of India, including the ancient Saint Thomas Christian Orthodox community. This course emphasizes Christian life in a multi-cultural and multi-religious context, ministry, mission, and Christian leadership. As a travel seminar, exposure and participation in the multi-religious context will help develop insights and skills for ministry in a religiously, culturally and ethnically plural world. CONTACT INSTRUCTOR; TRAVEL COURSE; FULFILLS CCME;

CD 0601 01RESEARCH AND WRITING METHODS - MA Fall Semester 2015-2016

This course is intended to assist students with the research papers/thesis component of the M.A. program. It is required for all academic track M.A. students and is open to M.A. professional track students at the recommendation of their advisor. Research and writing assignments are in the student's area of interest.

HC 0316 01APOSTLES TO REFORMERS Fall 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)

HC 2328 01CHRIST IN THE EARLY CHURCH Fall Semester 2015-2016

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. MEETS WITH HC6328-01

HC 6328 01ORTHODOXY AND HERESY Fall Semester 2015-2016

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. MEETS WITH HC2328-01

SG 0601 01 C3VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR IFall Semester 2015-2016

COHORT 3 FOR SG0601-01.

SG 0601 01 C4VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR IFall Semester 2015-2016

COHORT 4 FOR SG0601-01

HC 2330 01 50CHRISTIANS OF MIDDLE EAST - AFRICA Summer Term 2014-2015

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. Fulfills CCME or Missions. June 15, 2015-July 5, 2015 - Pre-work Session July 6, 2015-July 17, 2015 - Online Intensive Session 2 required webinar meetings in Adobe Connect will be held from 7-8 pm on Friday July 10 and 17, 2015. July 18, 2015-July 22, 2015 - Post-work Session

HC 0315 01CHRISTIANITY TO 1400- CONF CHRIST Spring Semester 2014-2015

An examination of how Christians have embodied, understood and confessed their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faIth and pays particular attention to how disputes over orthodoxy, heresy, society, culture, and politics have affected and been affected by missional concerns during the formative years of Christianity. Attention will be given to the diverse Christan expressions as they began and developed in different parts of the ancient world of Asia, Africa and Europe.

HC 1333 01 F6DESERT SPIRITUALITY FOR 21ST CENT Spring Semester 2014-2015

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 2326 01THE BIBLE IN THE EARLY CHURCH Spring Semester 2014-2015

An examination of the content, context, and methods of early church biblical commentaries and homilies and how these early Christian leaders and preachers interpreted and proclaimed scripture to the churches they served.

HC 2330 01 50CHRISTIANS OF MIDDLE EAST - AFRICA January Term 2014-2015

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. J-TERM 2014-2015: Pre-work required before the class meets.

HC 0315 01CHRISTIANITY TO 1400- CONF CHRIST Fall Semester 2014-2015

An examination of how Christians have embodied, understood and confessed their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faIth and pays particular attention to how disputes over orthodoxy, heresy, society, culture, and politics have affected and been affected by missional concerns during the formative years of Christianity. Attention will be given to the diverse Christan expressions as they began and developed in different parts of the ancient world of Asia, Africa and Europe.

HC 0315 50CHRISTIANITY TO 1400- CONF CHRIST Fall Semester 2014-2015

An examination of how Christians have embodied, understood and confessed their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation. This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faIth and pays particular attention to how disputes over orthodoxy, heresy, society, culture, and politics have affected and been affected by missional concerns during the formative years of Christianity. Attention will be given to the diverse Christan expressions as they began and developed in different parts of the ancient world of Asia, Africa and Europe.

HC 2324 01 F6STUDIES IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY Fall Semester 2014-2015

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. FALL 2014 TOPIC: SOCRATES ECC. HISTORY

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