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    The World of the Early Christians (Message of the Fathers of the Church) (Paperback) By (author) Joseph Kelly

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    DescriptionLike every lost world," the world of the early Christians was a combination of the foreign and the familiar, the unique and the commonplace. In "The World of the Early Christians, " Joseph Kelly introduces and explains the world of the early Christians, and while he examines the differences between our two societies, he also stresses our similarities. The early Christians were people, like us, trying to make their way in life.There are many introductions to the world of the early Christians, but few if any deal with its historical background and the basic questions non-specialists ask: Why did the Christians use philosophy at al? Didn't it make everything confusing? Why didn't they just stay with the Bible? In "The World of the Early Christians" Kelly answers such preliminary questions and concentrates on the fundamental issue of "why" Christians used philosophy, rather than simply listing the philosophies they used.Not only do most people know little about the early Christians, they often have erroneous views about them. For example, many modern Christians think their ancient spiritual ancestors were impoverished, uneducated people from the lowest strata of Roman society. "The World of the Early Christians" addresses some of these misconceptions by considering the historical evidence available about these people. Similarly, Kelly also explains some ancient topics - such as magic and astrology - and considers how they can be misleading to modern students. He then describes the early Christians' relationships with other groups, such as Jews, pagans, and members of popular and official cults, and then explores the intellectual and cultural lives of the early Christians.Students and anyone interested in understanding the now lost world of early Christianity will appreciate this volume's straightforward treatment of this essential background material.Kelly touches upon topics treated by the other volumes in the "Message of the Fathers of the Church" series. He refers to original sources in translation unless no translation is available, and he includes bibliographic references for further research. In a direct and easy manner, Kelly brings to life for us today the rich world of the early Christians.Chapters are: "Who Were the Early Christians?" "How Do We Know About the Early Christians?" "The Physical World," "Others," "Intellectual and Cultural Life," "Living in the World," and "A Brief History of Early Christianity.""


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    Title
    The World of the Early Christians
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joseph Kelly
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 213 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780814653135
    ISBN 10: 0814653138
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.4
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    BIC subject category V2: HRCC1
    Ingram Subject Code: RR
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CATHOL
    Libri: I-RR
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    Ingram Theme: THEO/CATHOL
    DC22: 270.1
    LC subject heading:
    ECPA Christian Book Category: CHMCHLCHS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC21: 270.1
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRAX, NHC
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAE
    Publisher
    Michael Glazier Inc
    Imprint name
    Michael Glazier Inc
    Publication date
    01 June 1997
    Review quote
    . . . belongs in any parish library or in any university library where introductory courses on Christianity are taught. It will serve well as a supplemental volume for college courses or parish classes on early Church history, theology, or spirituality.Anglican Theological Review