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The cross before Constantine : the early life of a Christian symbol

Author: Bruce W Longenecker
Publisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, 2015.
Series: Emerging scholars.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Upending a longstanding consensus, Bruce W. Longenecker presents a wide variety of material artifacts to illustrate that Christians made use of the cross as a visual symbol of their faith long before Constantine appropriated it to consolidate his power in the fourth century. Constantine did not invent the cross as a symbol of Christian faith; for an impressive number of Christians before Constantine's reign, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Longenecker, Bruce W.
Cross before Constantine : The Early Life of a Christian Symbol.
Lanham : Fortress Press, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce W Longenecker
ISBN: 9781506400365 1506400361
OCLC Number: 914433161
Description: 1 online resource (246 pages).
Contents: The cross in its place --
The cross and non-Christian society --
The cross in a Jewish cradle --
The cross in textual images --
The cross in the material record --
The cross in a Pompeii bakery --
The cross in the literary record --
The cross and its advocates --
A very short conclusion --
Bibliography --
Index of subjects --
Index of modern authors --
Index of ancient sources --
Index of locations.
Series Title: Emerging scholars.
Responsibility: Bruce W. Longnecker.

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Upending a longstanding consensus, Bruce W. Longenecker presents a wide variety of material artifacts to illustrate that Christians made use of the cross as a visual symbol of their faith long before Constantine appropriated it to consolidate his power in the fourth century. Constantine did not invent the cross as a symbol of Christian faith; for an impressive number of Christians before Constantine's reign, the cross served as a visual symbol of commitment to a living deity in a dangerous world.

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