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Early Christianity : a brief history

Author: Joseph H Lynch
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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This concise and engaging introduction to the history of early Christianity examines the development of Christianity from its origins up through the year 620. Accessible to beginning students with no background in the subject, Early Christianity: A Brief History is also captivating reading for more advanced students. The book is organized chronologically into four parts: The Contexts of Early Christianity,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph H Lynch
ISBN: 9780195138030 0195138031 9780195138559 0195138554
OCLC Number: 276274630
Description: xxi, 266 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Jesus --
The Jewish context of the Jesus movement --
The Greek and Roman context of early Christianity --
The Jesus movement in the first century --
Christian diversity in the second and third centuries --
The emergence of a proto-orthodox Christian consensus: bishop, creed, and canon of scripture --
Roman society and the Christians --
Christian intellectuals --
Proto-orthodox Christian communities in the third century --
Diocletian, the great persecution, and the conversion of Constantine --
The Christian empire and the imperial church --
The government of the church --
The Trinitarian controversy --
Jesus, the God/Man --
Worship and piety in the Christian empire --
The ascetic movement --
Fourth- and fifth-century Christian thinkers --
Conversion and Christianization --
The eastern and western churches go their separate ways --
Epilogue: Muhammad and Islam.
Responsibility: Joseph H. Lynch.
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This concise and engaging introduction to the history of early Christianity examines the development of Christianity from its origins up through the year 620. Accessible to beginning students with no background in the subject, Early Christianity: A Brief History is also captivating reading for more advanced students. The book is organized chronologically into four parts: The Contexts of Early Christianity, Christianity in the Second and Third Centuries, The Creation of a Christian Empire, and Life in the Christian Empire. Each part begins with a timeline in order to guide students in the chronology of events. Opening with a look at the historical Jesus--which considers what we know and how we know it--the book continues on with coverage of the Jewish and Roman worlds in which Christianity arose. It then charts the extraordinary progress of Christianity, ranging from its status as a fringe sect in Judaism, to that of a dominant religion, up through the reign of Pope Gregory I. Chapters on society and culture and an epilogue on Muhammad and the rise of Islam are also included.

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"A fine introduction to early Christianity...This is a valuable and ably executed introductory textbook."--<em>Religious Studies Review</em>

 
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