After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity / Edition 1

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The remarkable diversity of Christianity during the formative years before the Council of Nicea has become a plain, even natural, "fact" for most ancient historians. Until now, however, there has been no sourcebook of primary texts that reveals the many varieties of Christian beliefs, practices, ethics, experiences, confrontations, and self-understandings. To help readers recognize and experience the rich diversity of the early Christian movement, After the New Testament provides a wide range of texts from the second and third centuries, both "orthodox" and "heterodox," including such works as the Apostolic Fathers, the writings of Nag Hammadi, early pseudepigrapha, martyrologies, anti-Jewish tractates, heresiologies, canon lists, church orders, liturgical texts, and theological treatises. Rather than providing only fragments of texts, this collection prints large excerpts—entire documents wherever possible—organized under social and historical rubrics.
This unique reader's concise and informative introductions and clear and up-to-date English translations make it ideal for courses on the New Testament, Christian Origins, Early Church History, or Late Antiquity. It will also be of interest to anyone—student, scholar, and general reader alike—interested in the entire range of early Christian literature from the period after the New Testament up to the writings of the so-called father of church history, Eusebius.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195114454
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/22/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 635,292
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Table of Contents

1. General Introduction
2. The Spread of Christianity: Early Christians and their Converts
1. The Acts of John
2. The Acts of Thomas
3. Justin: Dialogue with Trypho
3. The Attack on Christianity: Persecution and Martyrdom in the Early Church
4. The Letter of Ignatius to the Romans
5. The Martyrdom of Polycarp
6. The Letter of the Churches of Vienne and Lyons
7. The Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs
8. The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas
4. The Defense of Early Christianity: The Early Christian Apologists
9. Minucius Felix:Octavius
10. Justin: First Apology
11. Athenagoras: Plea Regarding the Christians
12. The Letter to Diognetus
13. Tertullian: Apology
14. Origen: Against Celus
5. Anti-Judaic Polemic: The Opposition to Jews in Early Christianity
15. The Epistle of Barnabas
16. Justin: Dialogue with Trypho
17. Melito of Sardis: On the Passover
18. Tertullian: Answer to the Jews
6. The Diversity of Early Christianity: Writings Later Deemed Heretical
Jewish-Christian Texts
19. The Gospel According to the Ebionites
20. The Letter of Peter to James and Its Reception
21. The Homilies of Clement
Gnostic-Christian Texts
22. The Secret Book of John
23. The First Thought in Three Forms
24. The Gospel of Truth
25. Ptolemy's Letter to Flora
26. On the Origin of the World
27. The isdom of Jesus Christ
28. The Treatise on the Resurrection
29. The Hymn of the Pearl
30. The Gospel of Philip
7. The Internal Conflicts of Christianity: Writings against the "Heretics"
Proto-Orthodox Heresiologists
31. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies
32. Tertullian: Prescription of the Heretics
33. Tertullian: On the Flesh of Christ
34. Tertullian: Against Praxeas
Gnostic Heresiologists
35. The Coptic Apocalypse of Peter
36. The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
8. "Apostolic" Writings Outside the Canon: New Testament Apocrypha/Pseudepigrapha
Apocryphal Gospels
37. The Gospel of Thomas
38. The Gospel of Peter
39. The Proto-Gospel of James
40. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
41. The Epistle of the Apostles
Apocryphal Acts
42. The Acts of Peter
43. The Acts of Paul
44. The Acts of Thecla
45. The Acts of John
Apocryphal Epistles
46. Paul's Third Letter to the Corinthians
47. The Correspondence Between Paul and Seneca
48. Paul's Letter to the Laodiceans
Apocryphal Apocalypses
49. The Apocalypse of Peter
50. The Apocalypse of Paul
9. The New Scriptures: Canonical Lists in Early Christianity
51. The Muratorian Canon
52. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies
53. Origen of Alexandria
54. Eusebius: Ecclesiastical History
10. The Structure of Early Christianity: The Development of Church Offices
55. First Clement
56. The Didache
57. The Letters of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Magnesians, and Smyrneans
58. Hippolytus: The Apostolic Tradition
59. The Didascalia
60. Cyprian: The Unity of the Catholic Church
11. The Development of the Liturgy: Ritual Practices in Early Christianity
61. The Didache
62. Justin: First Apology
63. Tertullian: Apology
64. Tertullian: On the Crown
65. Hippolytus: The Apostolic Tradition
66. The Didascalia
12. The Proclamation of the World: Homilies in Early Christianity
67. Second Clement
68. Origen: Homilies on Luke
69. Origen: Homilies on Genesis
13. Leading the Upright Life: The Role of Ethics in Early Christianity
70. The Didache
71. Clement of Alexandria: The Educator
72. Tertullian: To His Wife
14. The Emergence of Orthodoxy: Theological Writings of Proto-Orthodox Christians
73. Tertullian: Against Praxeas
74. Origen: On First Principles
75. Novatian: On the Trinity
76. Dionysius of Rome: Letter to Dionysius of Alexandria

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