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The Cambridge Edition of Early Christian Writings provides definitive anthology of early Christian texts, from c.100 to 650 CE. Its six volumes reflect the cultural, intellectual and linguistic diversity of early Christianity and are organized thematically on the topics of God, practice, Christ, community, reading and creation. The series expands the pool of source material to include not only Greek and Latin writings, but also Syriac and Coptic texts. Additionally, the series rejects a theologically normative view by juxtaposing texts that were important in antiquity but later deemed 'heretical', with orthodox texts. The translations are accompanied by introductions, notes, suggestions for further reading and scriptural indices. The second volume is focused on the topic of practice, including texts on education, advice, forming communities and instructing congregations. It will be an invaluable resource for students, academic researchers in early Christian studies, history of Christianity, theology, religious studies and late antique Roman history.

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The study of early Christianity is continually expanding, with new perspectives emerging and replacing old ones. For the student who is interested in following the ongoing development of scholarship in this field, we strongly recommend consulting regularly journals such as Augustinian Studies, Church History, Hugoye, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, the Journal of Theological Studies, Vigiliae Christianae, and Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum/Journal of Ancient Christianity. Each of these journals contains scholarly articles and reviews of recent books in the field. Additionally, for up-to-date bibliography on topics in early Christianity and the ancient world generally, one can consult L'Année philologique.

The following recent monographs in English also provide a snapshot of contemporary scholarship on the themes of this volume:

Becker, Adam H. The Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom: The School of Nisibis and Christian Scholastic Culture in Late Antique Mesopotamia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.
Brakke, David. The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2010.
Chin, Catherine M. Grammar and Christianity in the Late Roman World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.
Crislip, Andrew. Thorns in the Flesh: Illness and Sanctity in Late Ancient Christianity. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
Davis, Steven J. The Cult of St. Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Drake, Susanna M. Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013.
Hunter, David G. Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity: The Jovinianist Controversy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Jacobs, Andrew S. Christ Circumcised: A Study in Early Christian History and Difference. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
Krawiec, Rebecca. Shenoute and the Women of the White Monastery. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Layton, Bentley. The Canons of Our Fathers: Monastic Rules of Shenoute. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Leyerle, Blake. Theatrical Shows and Ascetic Lives: John Chrysostom's Attack on Spiritual Marriage. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.
McGowan, Andrew. Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.
Miller, Patricia Cox. The Corporeal Imagination: Signifying the Holy in Late Ancient Christianity. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009.
Muehlberger, Ellen. Angels in Late Ancient Christianity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Schor, Adam M. Theodoret's People: Social Networks and Religious Conflict in Late Roman Syria. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
Schroeder, Caroline T. Monastic Bodies: Discipline and Salvation in Shenoute of Atripe. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
Sessa, Kristina. The Formation of Papal Authority in Late Antique Italy: Roman Bishops and the Domestic Sphere. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Sinkewicz, Robert E. Evagrius of Pontus: The Greek Ascetic Corpus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Upson-Saia, Kristi. Early Christian Dress: Gender, Virtue, and Authority. New York: Routledge, 2011.


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