First Thousand Years A Global History of Christianity

ISBN-10: 0300118848
ISBN-13: 9780300118841
Edition: 2013
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List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.826
Language: English

How did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically, and intellectually? Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates the dramatic spread and development of Christianity over the first thousand years of its history. Moving through the formation of early institutions, practices, and beliefs to the transformations of the Roman world after the conversion of Constantine, he sheds new light on the subsequent stories of Christianity in the Latin West, the Byzantine and Slavic East, the Middle East, and Central Asia.Through a selected narration of particularly noteworthy persons and events, Wilken demonstrates how the coming of Christianity set in motion one of the most profound revolutions the world has known. This is not a story limited to the West; rather, Christian communities in Ethiopia, Nubia, Armenia, Georgia, Persia, Central Asia, India, and China shaped the course of Christian history. The rise and spread of Islam had a lasting impact on the future of Christianity, and several chapters are devoted to the early experiences of Christians under Muslim rule. Wilken reminds us that the career of Christianity is characterized by decline and attrition as well as by growth and expansion. Ten years in the making and the result of a lifetime of study, this is Robert Louis Wilken’s summa, a moving, reflective, and commanding account from a scholar at the height of his powers.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Beginning in Jerusalem
Ephesus, Rome, and Edessa: The Spread of Christianity
The Making of a Christian Community
Divisions Within
Constructing a Catacomb
A Learned Faith: Origen of Alexandria
Persecution: Cyprian of Carthage
A Christian Emperor: Constantine
The Council of Nicaea and the Christian Creed
Monasticism
A Christian Jerusalem
Emperor Julian, the Jews, and Christians
Bishop and Emperor: Ambrose and Theodosius
Architecture and Art
Music and Worship
The Sick, the Aged, and the Poor: The Birth of Hospitals
The Bishop of Rome as Pope
An Ordered Christian Society: Canon Law
Augustine of Hippo
The Great Controversy over Christ
Egypt and the Copts; Nubia
African Zion: Ethiopia
Syriac-Speaking Christians: The Church of the East
Armenia and Georgia
Central Asia, China, and India
A Christian Empire: Justinian
New Beginnings in the West
Latin Christianity Spreads North
The Sacking of Jerusalem; More Controversy over Christ
No God but God: The Rise of Islam
Images and the Making of Byzantium
Arabic-Speaking Christians
Christians Under Islam: Egypt and North Africa
Christians Under Islam: Spain
An Emperor in the West: Charlemagne
Christianity Among the Slavs
Afterword
Chronology and Maps
Suggested Readings
Translations
Index

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