Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.

Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E. : A Reader

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Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader collects primary sources of the early Christian world, from the last "Great Persecution" under the Emperor Diocletian to the Council of Chalcedon in the mid-fifth century. During this period Christianity rose to prominence in the Roman Empire, developed new notions of sanctity and heresy, and spread beyond the Mediterranean world. This reader incorporates standard texts-from authors such as Athanasius, Augustine, and Eusebius-in the most recent translations and also includes less familiar texts, some of which appear in English translation for the first time. Presented in their entirety or in long excerpts, the texts are arranged thematically and cover such topics as orthodoxy, conversion, asceticism, and art and architecture. The editors provide introductions for each chapter, text, and image, situating the selections historically, geographically, and intellectually. Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader highlights the ways in which religion and culture were mutually transformed during this crucial historical period. Ideal for courses in Early Christianity, Christianity in Late Antiquity, and History of Christianity, this reader is an excellent companion to Bart D. Ehrman's After the New Testament (OUP, 1998) and an exceptional resource for scholars.show more

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 190.5 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 929.86g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 7pp halftones, 1 map
  • 0195154614
  • 9780195154610
  • 862,080

Table of contents

Preface ; Time Line ; Map ; 1. GENERAL INTRODUCTION ; 2. THE END OF PERSECUTION ; 1. The Acts of Saint Felix ; 2. Lactantius: The Death of the Persecutors ; 3. CHRISTIANITY AND THE IMPERIAL HOUSE ; 3. The Origin of Constantine ; 4. Eusebius: The Life of Constantine ; 5. Zosimus: The New History ; 6. Julian: Letters on Religion ; 7. Ephraim: Hymns Against Julian ; 8. Ambrose: On the Death of Theodosius ; CHRISTIANITY AND ROMAN LAW ; 9. Theodosian Code: On Religion ; 10. The Novellas ; 5. BECOMING A CHRISTIAN ; CONVERSION ; 11. Augustine: Confessions ; 12. Sulpicius Severus: The Life of Saint Martin ; 13. Severus of Minorca: Letter on the Conversion of the Jews ; CATECHESIS AND INITIATION ; 14. Augustine: On Catechizing the Unlearned ; 15. John Chrysostom: Second Baptismal Instruction ; 6. CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP ; 16. Canons of Hippolytus ; 17. Testament of the Lord ; 18. Gregory of Nazianzus: On Himself and the Bishops ; 19. Aphrahat: Demonstration 10: On Pastors ; 7. HERESY AND ORTHODOXY ; TRINITARIAN CONTROVERSY ; 20. Arius: Thalia ; 21. Alexander of Alexandria: Letter to Alexander of Constantinople ; 22. Arius: Letter to Alexander of Alexandria ; 23. Gregory of Nazianzus: Third Theological Oration ; CHRISTOLOGICAL CONTROVERSY ; 24. Nestorius: Letter to Cyril of Alexandria ; 25. Cyril of Alexandria: Third Letter to Nestorius ; THE NATURE OF HUMANITY ; 26. Athanasius: On the Incarnation of the Word ; 27. Jerome: Letter to Ctesiphon (Against Pelagius) ; THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH ; 28. Optatus: Against the Donatists ; 29. Augustine: Sermon on the Dispute with the Donatists ; JUDAIZING HERESIES ; 30. John Chrysostom: First Speech Against the Judaizers ; 31. Epiphanius: Medicine Chest Against Heresies: The Nazoraeans ; 8. CANONS AND CREEDS ; 32. Canons of Elvira ; 33. Creed and Canons of Nicaea ; 34. Creed and Canons of Constantinople ; 35. Canons of Ephesus ; 36. Definition and Canons of Chalcedon ; 9. ASCETICISM AND MONASTICISM ; 37. Jerome: Letter to Eustochium ; 38. Pachomian Rules ; 39. Sayings of the Desert Fathers ; 40. Antony: Letters ; 41. Aphrahat: Demonstration 6: On Covenanters ; 10. PILGRIMS, RELICS, AND HOLY PLACES ; 42. Egeria: Travel Journal ; 43. Gregory of Nyssa: Letter on Pilgrimage ; 44. Victricius of Rouen: In Praise of the Saints ; 45. Lucianus: On the Discovery of Saint Stephen ; 11. SAINTS' LIVES ; 46. Athanasius: Life of Antony ; 47. Theodoret: Religious History ; 48. History of the Monks of Egypt ; 49. The Life of Pelagia ; 12. THE CHRISTIAN BIBLE ; CANON AND APOCRYPHA ; 50. Eusebius: Church History ; 51. Athanasius: Easter Letter 39 ; 52. Priscillian: On Faith and Apocrypha ; 53. Augustine: On Christian Doctrine ; BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION ; 54. Tyconius: Book of Rules ; 55. Diodore of Tarsus: Commentary on Psalms ; 56. Gregory of Nyssa: Homilies on the Song of Songs ; 13. CHRISTIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE ; 57. Paulinus of Nola: Song on Felix's Church ; 58. Christian Art in Late Antiquity ; 14. CHRISTIANITY OUTSIDE THE ROMAN EMPIRE ; 59. Sozomen: Church History ; 60. Acts of the Persian Martyrs ; 61. Passion of Saint Shushanikshow more

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