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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: February 2006
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521812399

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  • Over thirty essays provide a comprehensive overview of the essential events, persons, places and issues involved in the emergence of the Christian religion in the Mediterranean world over the first three centuries. The collection traces the dynamic history from the time of Jesus through to the rise of Imperial Christianity in the fourth century. It provides a thoughtful and well-documented analysis of the diverse forms of Christian community, identity and practice that arose soon after Jesus's death, and which through missionary efforts were soon implanted throughout the Roman Empire.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The editors have recruited squadrons of experts, pulled their chapters into well integrated order, and themselves offered unusually useful summaries and conclusions. The treatment of traditional themes and historical Christian regions is superb, but even better is the innovative work on fresh subjects and new Christian areas of the globe."
    -Mark A. Noll, The Christian Century

    "An outstanding collection of essays that chronicle the theological, intellectual, political, social, cultural, regional and global ideas and events that situate the Christian movement in the context of world events and thought. This is the first of nine volumes in what will surely be a major influence on the twenty-first century understanding of the impact of Christianity on world history and culture."
    -Catholic Press Association

    "It is an ambitious and welcome undertaking...the value of this volume is considerable, for it pours forth a rich bounty of data and interpretive ideas to help scholars and students in the ongoing task of understanding the formative years in the history of Christianity."
    -Robert Louis Wilken, The Catholic Historical Review

    "As a reference work this history provides what it should provide, a compendious account of early Christianity consistent with the best recent scholarship, indicating, when appropriate, matters where the state of the question is not settled. It does this in an accessible way and directs readers to further information, mostly in English, in notes and bibliographies."
    -Joseph W. Trigg, Christ Church, La Plata, Maryland, Church History

    "The first volume of The Cambridge History of Christianity is highly recommended for any library but especially for theological collections. All the contributions are of the highest quality. They challenge us to rethink everything we knew about the beginnings of Christianity."
    -Lucien J. Richard, OMI

    "...inspires awe....enormous diversity of of excellent scholars....stands out from rivals by its sheer scale....provide an effective structure....identification and development of themes is thoroughly successful....deeply impressive..."
    --Philip Jenkins

    "The solid and deft historical scholarship evidenced throughout the volume is at the same time not insensitive to the properly theological issues and concerns at stake in the growth and development of Christianity. The editors of this collection have set the bar high for subsequent volumes." --Michael Heintz, University of Notre Dame: Religious Studies Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521812399
    • length: 776 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 49 mm
    • weight: 1.417kg
    • availability: In stock
  • 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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