The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature

The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature

by Frances Young
     
 

The writings of the Church Fathers form a distinct body of literature that shaped the early church and built upon the doctrinal foundations of Christianity established within the New Testament. Christian literature in the period c. 100-c. 400 constitutes one of the most influential textual oeuvres of any religion. Written mainly in Greek, Latin and Syriac, Patristic… See more details below

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The writings of the Church Fathers form a distinct body of literature that shaped the early church and built upon the doctrinal foundations of Christianity established within the New Testament. Christian literature in the period c. 100-c. 400 constitutes one of the most influential textual oeuvres of any religion. Written mainly in Greek, Latin and Syriac, Patristic literature emanated from all parts of the early Christian world and helped to extend its boundaries. The History offers a systematic account of that literature and its setting. The work of individual writers in shaping the various genres of Christian literature is considered, alongside three general essays, covering distinct periods in the development of Christian literature, which survey the social, cultural and doctrinal context within which Christian literature arose and was used by Christians. This is a landmark reference book for scholars and students alike.

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ISBN-13:
9780521697507
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Pages:
566
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.38(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Editor's preface
List of abbreviations of patristic and other texts
List of other abbreviations
Chronological table of early Christian literature
Map : the Roman Empire in the late fourth century AD
Pt. IThe beginnings : the New Testament to Irenaeus
1Introduction : the literary culture of the earliest Christianity5
2The apostolic and sub-apostolic writings : the New Testament and the apostolic fathers11
3Gnostic literature20
4Apocryphal writings and acts of the martyrs28
5The Apologists36
6Irenaeus of Lyon45
7Social and historical setting55
8Articulating identity71
9Christian teaching91
10Conclusion : towards a hermeneutic of second-century texts105
Pt. IIThe third century
11The Alexandrians117
12The beginnings of Latin Christian literature131
13Hippolytus, Ps.-Hippolytus and the early canons142
14Cyprian and Novatian152
15The earliest Syriac literature161
16Concluding review : the literary culture of the third century172
17Social and historical setting : Christianity as culture critique181
18Articulating identity200
19Christian teaching222
20The significance of third-century Christian literature239
Pt. IIIFoundations of a new culture : from Diocletian to Cyril
21Classical genres in Christian guise; Christian genres in classical guise251
22Arnobius and Lactantius259
23Eusebius and the birth of church history266
24Fourth-century Alexandrians : Athanasius and Didymus275
25Palastine : Cyril of Jerusalem and Epiphanius283
26The Cappadocians289
27Fourth-century Latin writers : Hilary, Victorinus, Ambrosiaster, Ambrose302
28Jerome and Rufinus318
29Augustine328
30John Chrysostom and the Antiochene school to Theodoret of Cyrrhus342
31Cyril of Alexandria353
32Hagiography358
33Ephrem and the Syriac tradition362
34The literature of the monastic movement373
35Women and words : texts by and about women382
36Conciliar records and canons391
37Social and historical setting399
38Articulating identity414
39Christian teaching464
40Retrospect : interpretation and appropriation485
Bibliographies495
Index531

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