Exploration of early Christianity, from the turn, of the eras to 400 C.E. Focus on the development, of the religion in the multicultural, pluralistic, context of the Greco-Roman world. Study of the, archaeological and written evidence for Christian, origins (i.e., the archaeology of Jerusalem, the, Galilee, and the Dead Sea Scrolls community; the, New Testament, the writings of "orthodox" and, "heretical" early Christian thinkers, the Dead Sea, Scrolls, and other relevant Judean texts)., Analysis of key themes in early Christian studies, (i.e., gender, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, early, Christianity's relationship to early Judaism,, Christianity and empire).