Author: Early Christian Studies

Revisiting Robert Sider on Tertullian Research

By Joshua Gibb In 1982 Robert Sider wrote a survey of scholarship on Tertullian entitled “Approaches to Tertullian: A Study of Recent Scholarship.”[1] Although not so recent anymore, Sider’s article remains helpful and worth revisiting, especially for th... Read More »


Postgraduate Profile: Allen Bramlett

Allen entered the Ph.D. in theology program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the spring of 2018. Before coming to Southwestern, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University in 2012 and a Master of Divinity from George W. Tru... Read More »


Patristics Coffee hour

Tomorrow we will reconvene for our weekly patristics coffee hour. This week we will be joined by Dr. Tom Davis, who will give us an introduction and orientation to his recent volume: The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archeology. We will meet Wednesday, Ma... Read More »


Clement of Alexandria: An Orthodox Gnostic

By Logan Koontz While several authors mused on mystical topics during the second century, there is none that had a greater impact than Clement of Alexandria. Indeed, he has been labelled by many as the “father of Christian mysticism.”[1] Unlike his contemp... Read More »


Postgraduate Profile: Mandimby Ranaivoarisoa

Mandimby is a student from the country of Madagascar. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Southwestern in May 2017 with a double concentration in Biblical languages and church history/historical theology. He began a Ph.D. in Theology in the fall of 201... Read More »


Spring 2019 Coffee and Patristics Fellowship

Tomorrow we will start back with our weekly Coffee and Patristics gatherings. We will meet every Wednesday, 10-11am in the Naylor Student Center (except March 13th and 20th). This is a casual time for any students interested in early Christian studies to gathe... Read More »


Dr. Matthew Emerson Spring SCECS Lecture Video

For those who are interested, below is the complete recording of our recent spring lecture by Dr. Matt Emerson (see here for a summary of the lecture). Thank you to everyone who joined us and we will keep you posted about future lectures and events. Read More »


SCECS Spring Lecture

On Wednesday, Jan 23 from 10:00-11:15am in Scarborough 116 the Center for Early Christian Studies at Southwestern is please to host Dr. Matt Emerson, who will deliver a paper is entitled: “‘The one who trampled hades underfoot’: A comparative... Read More »


Interview with Brian Shelton and the Quest for the Historical Apostles

Last week we had the chance to sit down with Dr. Brian Shelton, Provost and Professor of Theology and Church History at Toccoa Falls College in northeast Georgia, to discuss his new book: Quest for the Historical Apostles: Tracing Their Lives and Legacies (Bak... Read More »


Postgraduate Student Profile: Winston Hottman

Winston entered the Ph.D. in theology program at Southwestern Seminary in spring 2018. Prior to arriving at Southwestern, he graduated from Houston Baptist University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Business and completed a Master of Divin... Read More »