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Early Christianity

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ISBN-10: 0415205395

ISBN-13: 9780415205399

Edition: 2005

Authors: Mark Humphries

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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Introduction: how to use this book
What is early Christianity and why does it deserve study?
The shape of early Christianity
Approaching early Christianity in the twenty-first century
Tradition and revelation: the historical quest for early Christianity
Discovering early Christianity in the age of Constantine
Early Christianity from late antiquity to the middle ages
Renewal, reform, and the origins of critical scholarship
The rise of modern scholarship
Towards modernity: early Christianity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
The search for early Christianity: sources and their interpretation
Christian literature
Jewish and pagan literature
Documentary sources and material remains
Using the sources
Messiahs and missions: contexts for the origins and spread of Christianity
Christian origins and the problem of Judaism
Mission and conversion: the expansion of early Christianity
Case study: inscriptions and the missionary journeys of Paul
Doctrine and power: orthodoxy and organization in early Christianity
How many bishops attended the council of Nicaea?
The ideal of unity in early Christianity
Organization and personnel
Orthodoxy and heresy
Truth, tradition, text
Case study: the Nag Hammadi discoveries and early Christianity
Confronting Babylon: early Christianity and the Roman empire
An age of persecutions?
Christian alienation from Roman society
Christian attitudes to the Roman empire
Towards Christendom: an uneven progress
Case study: Pliny the Younger and the Christians
Discovering early Christianity
Points of departure
Source materials
Specialist journals
Bibliographical guides to chapters 3-6