October 25 -- Aspects of the history of Christianity

1. The roles of the holy man:

2. What was distinctive about Jesus:
**his story reduced to text
**his role determinative for other holy men

3. Textualization of the narrative:
**formation of the Christian canon
*** OT made up out of Jewish writings of
***** diverse background
*** NT gradually congeals
**** (Marcion's hostility influential)
*** first lists with certainty: 4th century
*** first bibles: Greek earlier, Latin later

4. Implications of textualization
**the controversy between Arians and orthodox