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    DescriptionHow did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically, and intellectually? Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates the dramatic spread and development of Christianity over the first thousand years of its history. Moving through the formation of early institutions, practices, and beliefs, to the transformations of the Roman world after the conversion of Constantine, he sheds new light on the subsequent stories of Christianity in the Latin West, the Byzantine and Slavic East, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Through a selected narration of particularly noteworthy persons and events, he demonstrates how the coming of Christianity set in motion one of the most profound revolutions the world has known. This is not a story limited to the West; rather, Christian communities in Ethiopia, Nubia, Armenia, Georgia, Persia, central Asia, India, and China shaped the course of Christian history. The rise and spread of Islam had a lasting impact on the future of Christianity and several chapters are devoted to the early experiences of Christians under Muslim rule. Wilken reminds us that the career of Christianity is characterized by decline and attrition as well as by growth and expansion. Ten years in the making and the result of a lifetime of study, this is Robert Louis Wilken's summa, a moving, reflective, and commanding account from a scholar at the height of his powers.

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    The First Thousand Years
    A Global History of Christianity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Louis Wilken
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 721 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300118841
    ISBN 10: 0300118848

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    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
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    B&T Approval Code: A13553000
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    B&T Approval Code: A13553025
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    Abridged Dewey: 270
    DC22: 270
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    DC23: 270
    LC classification: BR162.3 .W55 2012
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRAX, QRMB
    Illustrations note
    25 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    27 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Keenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity Emeritus, University of Virginia. His books include Judaism and the Early Christian Mind (1971), The Christians as the Romans Saw Them (1984), The Land Called Holy (1992), and The Spirit of Early Christian Thought (2003), all published by Yale University Press.
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    "[W]ilken's book would make a nice addition to the library of a pastor or seminary student seeking an up-to-date overview of the first millennium of Christian history. His writing style makes it easy and interesting to read....His emphasis on the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman empire shows that the gospel has had a global reach from the very beginning of the church's history."--Joel Otto, "Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly"--Joel Otto "Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly "