The Early Christian World

The Early Christian World

Hardback Routledge Worlds

Edited by Philip Francis Esler


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 1368 pages
  • Dimensions: 181mm x 252mm x 85mm | 4,056g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415241413
  • ISBN 13: 9780415241410
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 154 b&w photographs, 75 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 1,641,470

Product description

The Early Christian World presents an exhaustive, erudite, and lavishly-illustrated treatment of how a small movement formed around Jesus in Galilee became the pre-eminent religion of the ancient world. Situating early Christianity within its Mediterranean social, political and religious contexts,the book charts the history of the first Christian centuries. The creation and perpetuation of Christian communities through means including mission and monasticism is then explored, as is the everyday experience of early Christians, through discussion of gender and sexuality, religious practice, communication and social structures. The intellectual (particularly theological) and artistic heritage of the period is fully considered, and a vivid picture provided of the internal and external challenges faced by early Christianity. With profiles of the most notable figures of the age, up-to-date coverage of the most important topics in the study of early Christianity and an invaluable collection of visual material., The Early Christian World is a comprehensive,a ccessible and indispensable resource for everyone studying this period.

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Author information

Philip F. Esler is Vice-Principle, Provost and Professor of Biblical Criticism at the University of St. Andrews. He is editor of Modelling Early Christianity and author of Galatians.

Review quote

'This is a splendid collection of essays by renowned scholars in the field that presents a coherent, authoritative and yet readable account of how a small Jewish sect became a major world religion ... A useful resource that any graduate or undergraduate library would do well to have on its shelves.' - Kenneth G.C. Newport, Theological Book Review 'The publishers of the Women's Source Library ... can only be applauded in their efforts to make these materials more generally available, and the series should be on the shelves of every serious library.' - Times Higher Education Supplement