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.
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:
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