Life And Practice In The Early Church

Author: Steve McKinion
Editor: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814756484
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Life and Practice in the Early Church brings together a range of primary texts from the church's first five centuries to demonstrate how early Christians practiced their faith. Rather than focusing on theology, these original documents shed light on how early believers "did church," addressing such practical questions as, how did the church administer baptism? How were sermons delivered? How did the early church carry out its missions endeavors? Early Christian writings reveal a great deal about the tradition, as well as the wider culture in which it developed. Far from being monolithic, the documents which present the voices of the early church fathers in their own words demonstrate variation and diversity regarding how faith was worked out during the patristic period. The texts illuminate who was eligible for baptism, what was expected of worshippers, how the Eucharist was celebrated, and how church offices and their functions were organized. Contextual introductions explain practices and their development for those with little prior knowledge of Christian history or tradition. The pieces included here, all in accessible English translation, represent such sources as Justin Martyr, Tertullian, the Cappadocians, Cyril of Jerusalem, John Chrysostom, and Augustine.

The Formation Of The Early Church

Author: Jostein Ådna
Editor: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161485619
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Essays presented are adapted papers read at the 7th Nordic New Testament Conference in Stavanger, Norway, June 14-18, 2003.

The Early Christians In Their Own Words

Author: Eberhard Arnold
Editor: The Plough Publishing House
ISBN: 0874860954
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In these firsthand accounts of the early church, the spirit of Pentecost burns with prophetic force through the fog enveloping the modern church. A clear and vibrant faith lives on in these writings, providing a guide for Christians today. Its stark simplicity and revolutionary fervor will stun those lulled by conventional Christianity. The Early Christians is a topically arranged collection of primary sources. It includes extra-biblical sayings of Jesus and excerpts from Origen, Tertullian, Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria, Justin, Irenaeus, Hermas, Ignatius, and others. Equally revealing material from pagan contemporaries critics, detractors, and persecutors is included as well."

Reading The Early Church Fathers

Author: James Leonard Papandrea
Editor: Paulist Press
ISBN: 0809147513
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Reading the Early Church Fathers introduces the reader to the primary sources of Church history, with commentary that will help the reader make sense of the theological/Christological trajectory that led the Church from the New Testament era, through the apologists, to the development of the major doctrines of the Church. Papandrea's treatment of the early Church fathers is unique in that he situates his discussion against the social and cultural context of the Roman Empire and its relationship to the Church, especially with regard to the effect of the persecutions on the Church. Instead of providing actual excerpts of the works under discussion;' Reading the Early Church Fathers directs the reader to the primary sources available on the Internet, resources that will be updated regularly. The result, for all students of the early Church, is a unique and unprecedented "big picture" of early Christian literature. Book jacket.

The World Of The Early Church

Author: Simon Jones
Editor: Lion Pub
ISBN: 9780745955001
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Bustling streets and overcrowded homes, tentmakers and working wivesan accessible introduction to the real lives of the first Christians in the Roman Empirecirca 35 to 120 AD Combining carefully researched material with acute analysis and presented in an engaging popular style for a non-academic readership, this guide explores how the Roman world formed the essential social and cultural backdrop to the emergence of the Christian movement and how that has in turn deeply influenced the world we live in today. The guide explores the early Christians' day-to-day activitiessuch as where they lived, what they ate, the kind of work they did, and how they spent their time offas well as their social relationships to the world, themselves, and the gods. Through this exploration, it explains how a marginalized, oppressed Jewish renewal group became one of the fastest-growing urban movements of the first century and became the dominant social, intellectual, and cultural influence throughout the Roman Empire within 300 years.

The Early Church

Author: E. Glenn Hinson
Editor: Abingdon Press
ISBN: 1426724683
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An introduction to the history of the Christian church from its inception to approximately 600 C.E., this volume seeks to balance the traditional presentation of notable figures, councils, and controversies with the telling of the story of the ordinary Christian during this era. An important feature of this work is its attendance to the stories of ordinary lay Christians--particularly women--and what Christian faith meant within the overall context of their lives. Other emphases include the church's changing role in society during this period (and the fateful consequences those changes have had for modern Christians) and the development of early Christian spirituality. Employing a socio-institutional approach, Hinson divides his material into five major periods: (1) Beginnings to 70 C.E. (2) 70-180, during which Christianity broadcast itself throughout the Roman Empire and beyond (3) 175-313, wherein the church achieved new status and came under official scrutiny as a threat to the empire (4) 313-400, in which the church faced the major challenge of Christianizing the empire now embracing it (5) 400-600, when the Germanic "invasions" led to a rift between East and West and posed new challenges to the church's survival and growth.

Worship In The Early Church

Author: Ralph P. Martin
Editor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802816139
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Refers to New Testament teachings while delineating the nature of early Christian worship of God. Bibliogs

Common Life In The Early Church

Author: Graydon F. Snyder
Editor: Burns & Oates
ISBN:
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This book offers a breadth of focus on community or "common life" in various Christian eras, that is, how that life is pictured both in texts and in early Christian art. Readers will find opportunity here to become current regarding what has been said and what is being said about how religious communities have defined themselves and how they have been seen by outsiders. In addition, readers will learn more about the origins of monasticism (a claim for a very early date is made), about Jewish and Christian relations in the early centuries, about house churches, and much more.

Encyclopedia Of Early Christianity Second Edition

Author: Everett Ferguson
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1136611584
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First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

A Short History Of The Early Church

Author: Harry R. Boer
Editor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802813398
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A lucid and concise account of the peole, places, institutions, events, and ideas that made a difference in the development of the Christian faith. Discussion questions following each chapter aid the reader in reflection and rview.