This course will follow the history of the early Christian movement from the years 30 C.E. to roughly 490 C.E. Initially, the Christian movement resided within greater Judaism; however, conflict soon arose between the beliefs of mainstream Judaism and this new Jewish Christian sect. This conflict resulted in an eventual parting of ways between what became two irreconcilable belief systems. Then, having separated from Judaism, the Christian movement had to define its doctrinal beliefs. This course will cover the early development of the movement that became Christianity and will be laid against the relevant unfolding political and military events within the Roman Empire.