Early Christianity

Early Christianity : A Brief History

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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. Focusing on important themes and developments throughout, author Joseph H. Lynch does not overwhelm students with an encyclopedic amount of detail. In addition, he acknowledges the often neglected diversity of early Christian views without losing sight of the major lines along which the religion developed. Lynch integrates excerpts and quotations from a wide variety of ancient sources-including the New Testament, the Gospel of Thomas, the Didache, and the writings of Dio Chrysostom, Fronto, and Tactitus-in order to engage students and show them how historians learn about the ancient world. Each chapter ends with carefully selected suggestions for further reading that are drawn from both ancient and modern sources. The book also features custom-drawn maps and photos to help students understand the visual and geographical developments of ancient Christianity.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 black and white half tone and 8 line illustrations
  • 0195138031
  • 9780195138030
  • 202,833

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"A fine introduction to early Christianity...This is a valuable and ably executed introductory textbook."--Religious Studies Review "A fine introduction to early Christianity...This is a valuable and ably executed introductory textbook."--Religious Studies Reviewshow more

About Joseph H. Lynch

Joe R. Engle Designated Professor of the History of Christianity, Department of History, The Ohio State Universityshow more

Table of contents

EACH CHAPTER ENDS WITH FURTHER READING (BOTH ANCIENT SOURCES AND MODERN WORKS); CHAPTER 1: JESUS; PART I: THE CONTEXTS OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY; CHAPTER 2: THE JEWISH CONTEXT OF THE JESUS MOVEMENT; CHAPTER 3: THE GREEK AND ROMAN CONTEXT OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY; CHAPTER 4: THE JESUS MOVEMENT IN THE FIRST CENTURY; PART II: CHRISTIANITY IN THE SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES; CHAPTER 5: CHRISTIAN DIVERSITY IN THE SECOND AND THIRD CENTURIES; CHAPTER 6: THE EMERGENCE OF A PROTO- ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CONSENSUS: BISHOP, CREED AND CANON OF SCRIPTURE; CHAPTER 7: ROMAN SOCIETY AND THE CHRISTIANS; CHAPTER 8: CHRISTIAN INTELLECTUALS; CHAPTER 9: PROTO-ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN THE THIRD CENTURY; PART III: THE CREATION OF A CHRISTIAN EMPIRE; CHAPTER 10: DIOCLETIAN, THE GREAT PERSECUTION AND THE CONVERSION OF CONSTANTINE; CHAPTER 11: THE CHRISTIAN EMPIRE AND THE IMPERIAL CHURCH; CHAPTER 12: THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH; CHAPTER 13: THE TRINITARIAN CONTROVERSY; CHAPTER 14: JESUS, THE GOD/MAN; PART IV: LIFE IN THE CHRISTIAN EMPIRE; CHAPTER 15: WORSHIP AND PIETY IN THE CHRISTIAN EMPIRE; CHAPTER 16: THE ASCETIC MOVEMENT; CHAPTER 17: FOURTH- AND FIFTH-CENTURY CHRISTIAN THINKERS; CHAPTER 18: CONVERSION AND CHRISTIANIZATION; CHAPTER 19: THE EASTERN AND WESTERN CHURCHES GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS; CHAPTER 20: EPILOGUE: MUHAMMAD AND ISLAMshow more

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