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Christianity in the Second Century
Themes and Developments

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Judith Lieu, James Carleton Paget, Greg Woolf, Tessa Rajak, Philip Alexander, William Horbury, Lewis Ayres, Karen King, Mark Edwards, Winrich Löhr, Rebecca Flemming, Joseph Verheyden, Teresa Morgan, Laura Nasrallah, Erich Gruen, Oskar Skarasuane, John North, Tim Whitmarsh
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316616949

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  • Christianity in the Second Century shows how academic study on this critical period of Christian development has undergone substantial change over the last thirty years. The second century is often considered to be a time during which the Christian church moved relentlessly towards forms of institutionalisation and consolidated itself against so-called heretics. However, new perspectives have been brought within recent scholarship as the period has attracted interest from a variety of disciplines, including not only early Christian studies but also ancient Judaism and the wider world of the early imperial scholarship. This book seeks to reflect this changed scholarly landscape, and with contributions from key figures in these recent re-evaluations, it aims to enrich and stimulate further discussion.

    • Highlights recent changes in early Christian studies
    • Makes clear the interdisciplinarity of early Christian studies
    • Gives the discipline a platform for further study
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316616949
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Judith Lieu and James Carleton Paget
    Part I. Contexts:
    1. Empires, diasporas and the emergence of religions Greg Woolf
    2. The Mediterranean Jewish diaspora in the second century Tessa Rajak
    3. The Rabbis and their rivals in the second century CE Philip Alexander
    4. Church and synagogue vis-à-vis Roman rule in the second century William Horbury
    Part II. Discerning Continuity and Discontinuity in Early Christianity:
    5. The second century from the perspective of the New Testament James Carleton Paget
    6. Continuity and change in second century Christianity: a narrative against the trend Lewis Ayres
    7. 'The Gnostic myth': how does its demise impact twenty-first century historiography of Christianity's second century? Karen King
    8. The Gnostic myth Mark Edwards
    9. Modelling second century Christian theology: Christian theology as philosophia Winrich Löhr
    Part III. Interpreting Texts and Engaging in Practice:
    10. Galen and the Christians: texts, authority, and orthodoxy in the second century AD Rebecca Flemming
    11. 'Authoritative texts' and how to handle them: some reflections on an ambiguous concept and its use in second-century Christian literature Joseph Verheyden
    12. Belief and practice in Graeco-Roman religiosity: Plutarch, De Iside and Osiride 379c Teresa Morgan
    13. Dice oracles and fate: on early Christianity among others in the second century Laura Nasrallah
    Part IV. Modelling Identities:
    14. Christians as 'third race': is ethnicity at issue? Erich Gruen
    15. Ethnic discourse in early Christianity Oskar Skarasuane
    16. Pagan attitudes John North
    17. Away with the atheists! Tim Whitmarsh
    18. Modelling the second century as the age of the laboratory Judith Lieu.

  • Editors

    James Carleton Paget, University of Cambridge
    James Carleton Paget is the author of a number of books and many articles relating to the second century, in particular the relationship of Jews and Christians. He has also written extensively on inter-testamental Judaism and early biblical interpretation. He was a co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, and recently co-edited volume 1 of The New Cambridge History of the Bible (with Joachim Schaper, 2013). He is a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and Tutor of Peterhouse, Cambridge.

    Judith Lieu, University of Cambridge
    Judith Lieu has written extensively on the Johanine literature and on early Christianity in the second century in its Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts. Her recent publications in these areas have concentrated on the 'Parting of the Ways', models of the emergence of a Christian identity, and Marcion and the origins of the idea of heresy. She is on the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series. Lieu is a Fellow of the British Academy and in 2015–16 was President of the Society of New Testament Studies. She is Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity and a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.


    Judith Lieu, James Carleton Paget, Greg Woolf, Tessa Rajak, Philip Alexander, William Horbury, Lewis Ayres, Karen King, Mark Edwards, Winrich Löhr, Rebecca Flemming, Joseph Verheyden, Teresa Morgan, Laura Nasrallah, Erich Gruen, Oskar Skarasuane, John North, Tim Whitmarsh

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