Welcome to the PC in Rome Blog for the Fall Term 2012. The students and I are in the last stages of preparation for the wonderful opportunity to study for a semester in Rome. We are making decisions about packing, financial arrangements, etc. and are filled with a combination of excitement and maybe a little apprehension about the adventure of living and studying in the Eternal City for a semester.
The core course that each student will take and that I will have the privilege of teaching is entitled The New Testament in the Eternal City. We will be reading most of the New Testament: the four Gospels and Acts, several of Paul’s letters, including his important Letter to the Romans, 1 and 2 Peter, and the Book of Revelation. In virtually every one of these books that are the written foundation of the Christian faith we will discover archeological and artistic links to the City of Rome. Therefore, in addition to our careful reading of the New Testament texts, we will be visiting numerous sites in and around the city: San Clement and the Roman Forum, the Jewish Catacombs near the CEA Global Campus, the Capitoline Museum and the Imperial Fora, the Scavi di S. Pietro and S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini, S. Luigi dei Francesci, S. Maria Maggiore, S. Giovanni in Laterano, S. Croce in Gerusalemme, S. Maria del Popolo, S. Sabina, the Pantheon, S. Paolo furori le Mura, S. Pietro in Vaticano, the Colosseum, Ss. Cosmas e Damiano, S. Pudenziana, and the Catacombs on Via Appia.
Throughout the semester, with the help of the students, I will be posting reflections on and photos of our exploration of the New Testament in Rome. Please follow us here at PC in Rome. You can also sign up for email updates on the right column so you will be notified of our updates. Below is a picture of the CEA Global Campus in Rome where our classes will be held.
The exterior of the Global Campus – Villa Ferretti