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The Cambridge History of Christianity

Volume 1. Origins to Constantine

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Frances M. Young, Sean Freyne, Tessa Rajak, Hans-Josef Klauck, Joel Marcus, Margaret M. Mitchell, Harold W. Attridge, Wayne A. Meeks, Harry Y. Gamble, Judith Lieu, Arthur J. Droge, David Brakke, Denis Minns, Carolyn Osiek, Frank Trombley, Christine Trevett, Birger A. Pearson, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, John Behr, Maureen A. Tilley, Markus Vinzent, Stuart George Hall, Gerhard May, W. H. C. Frend, Adolf Martin Ritter, Averil M. Cameron, Mark Edwards, Robin M. Jensen
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  • Date Published: July 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107423619

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  • The first of the nine volume Cambridge History of Christianity series, Origins to Constantine provides a comprehensive overview of the essential events, persons, places and issues involved in the emergence of the Christian religion in the Mediterranean world in the first three centuries. Over thirty essays written by scholarly experts trace this dynamic history from the time of Jesus through to the rise of Imperial Christianity in the fourth century. It provides thoughtful and well-documented analyses of the diverse forms of Christian community, identity and practice that arose within decades of Jesus's death, and which through missionary efforts were soon implanted throughout the Roman Empire. Origins to Constantine examines the distinctive characteristics of Christian groups in each geographical region up to the end of the third century, while also exploring the development of the institutional forms, intellectual practices and theological formulations that would mark Christian history in subsequent centuries.

    • A comprehensive scholarly overview of the emergence of the Christian religion in the first three centuries
    • Coverage spans three continents, multiple languages, and a wide range of Christian persons, communities, and institutional and theological developments
    • Written by recognised experts in each area, and includes extensive bibliographies to facilitate further study
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    'The Cambridge History of Christianity is a most ambitious project … The full collection is intended to blend sociological, demographic, cultural, and institutional historical perspectives with the developement of worship and liturgical traditions and theological developement. Given the goal of the series, [this book] is a major success. Professor Mitchell … and Professor Young … have successfully combined their vast talents to edit a compendium of essays rich in detail and true to the objective of avoiding revisionist history … This volume is a must-read for all interested in the early church. It is written for an academic or professional audience and is a required addition to any well-equipped library. While each reader will find areas where more material would be of great interest, the extensive bibliographies (ninety-two pages) provide a wealth of supplemental resources.' History and Society of Religion

    'This volume is a propitious opening to the eight which will follow … This is an important, sophisticated and intelligently edited volume which should aid and abet the student of earliest Christianity for many a year to come. Higher praise could not be bestowed upon a handbook of this kind.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    'The utility of the Cambridge History of Christianity: Origins to Constantine lies primarily in its comprehensive treatment of discrete aspects of the early church, covering a wide range of themes, issues, persons and events. Its insightful chapters are supplemented by useful illustrations, maps, detailed bibliographies and index. Origins to Constantine is a valuable resource for the lay-person and scholar alike. While the cost of the book will be prohibitive for some, libraries and scholars able to invest in this volume and the series will yield intellectual dividends for years to come.' Studies in Religion

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    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107423619
    • length: 790 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 44 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prelude Frances M. Young
    Part I. The Political, Social and Religious Setting:
    1. Galilee and Judea in the first century Sean Freyne
    2. The Jewish Diaspora Tessa Rajak
    3. The Roman Empire Hans-Josef Klauck
    Part II. The Jesus Movements:
    4. Jewish Christianity Joel Marcus
    5. Gentile Christianity Margaret M. Mitchell
    6. Johannine Christianity Harold W. Attridge
    7. Social and ecclesial life of the earliest Christians Wayne A. Meeks
    Part III. Community Traditions and Self-definition:
    8. The emergence of the written record Margaret M. Mitchell
    9. Marcion and the 'Canon' Harry Y. Gamble
    10. Self-definition vis à vis the Jewish matrix Judith Lieu
    11. Self-definition vis à vis the Graeco-Roman world Arthur J. Droge
    12. Self-differentiation among Christian groups: the Gnostics and their opponents David Brakke
    13. Truth and tradition: Irenaeus Denis Minns
    14. The self-defining praxis of the developing ecclesia Carolyn Osiek
    Part IV. Regional Varieties of Christianity in the First Three Centuries:
    15. From Jerusalem to the ends of the earth Margaret M. Mitchell
    16. Overview: the geographical spread of Christianity Frank Trombley
    17. Asia Minor and Achaea pre 325 CE Christine Trevett
    18. Egypt Birger A. Pearson
    19. Syria and Mesopotamia Susan Ashbrook Harvey
    20. Gaul John Behr
    21. North Africa Maureen A. Tilley
    22. Rome Markus Vinzent
    Part V. The Shaping of Christian Theology:
    23. Institutions in pre-Constantinian ecclesia Stuart George Hall
    24. Monotheism and creation Gerhard May
    25. Monotheism and Christology Frances M. Young
    26. Ecclesiology forged in the wake of persecution Stuart George Hall
    27. Towards a Christian paideia Frances M. Young
    Part VI. 'Aliens' Become Citizens: Towards Imperial Patronage:
    28. Persecutions: genesis and legacy W. H. C. Frend
    29. Church and state up to c.300 CE Adolf Martin Ritter
    30. Constantine and the 'Peace of the Church' Averil M. Cameron
    31. The first council of Nicaea Mark Edwards
    32. Towards a Christian material culture Robin M. Jensen
    Conclusion: retrospect and prospect Margaret M. Mitchell.

  • Editors

    Margaret M. Mitchell, University of Chicago
    Margaret M. Mitchell is Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. Her many publications include Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation (1993).

    Frances M. Young, University of Birmingham
    Frances Young is a Fellow of the British Academy and received an OBE for services to Theology in 1998. She is Emeritus Professor of Theology, University of Birmingham and served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 1997–2002.

    Contributors

    Frances M. Young, Sean Freyne, Tessa Rajak, Hans-Josef Klauck, Joel Marcus, Margaret M. Mitchell, Harold W. Attridge, Wayne A. Meeks, Harry Y. Gamble, Judith Lieu, Arthur J. Droge, David Brakke, Denis Minns, Carolyn Osiek, Frank Trombley, Christine Trevett, Birger A. Pearson, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, John Behr, Maureen A. Tilley, Markus Vinzent, Stuart George Hall, Gerhard May, W. H. C. Frend, Adolf Martin Ritter, Averil M. Cameron, Mark Edwards, Robin M. Jensen

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