The Church in Ancient Society (History of the Christian Church Series): From Galilee to Gregory the Great / Edition 1

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This book provides a full and enjoyable narrative history of the first six centuries of the Christian Church, examining how Christianity changed Ancient Greek and Roman society. Following a chronological approach, Henry Chadwick's clear exposition of important texts and theological debates in their historical context is unrivalled in detail.

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"This is a tour de force by a great scholar.... A magisterial account of the doctrinal and institutional history of the early Church, particularly in the east Roman provinces. The easy style, not without a sprinkling of colloquialisms, conceals the author's great learning and enthusiasm for his subject.... Chadwick's book will remain a standard work on the history of early Christianity for the forseeable future."—English Historical Review

"Marked by a monumentality both of scope and detail.... The last great narrative history of the twentieth century in its field."—Times Literary Supplement

"Henry Chadwick's latest book is a contribution to the Oxford History of the Church...His book is, in a number of ways, magnificent."—Journal of Early Christian Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199265770
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2003
  • Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The First Followers of Jesus
2. The Jewish Matrix
3. Jews and Christians Survive Rome's Crushing of Revolts
4. The Hebrew Scriptures in the Church
5. Interpreting Scripture: Philo and paul
6. Apostles and Evangelists
7. Women among Jesus' Followers
8. 'Barnabas', Jewish Christianity, Trouble at Corinth
9. Ignatius of Antioch
10. Didache
11. Marcion
12. Justin
13. Irenaeus of Lyon
14. The New Testament Text
15. Celsus: A Platonist Attack
16. Montanism: Perpetua
17. Tertullian, Minucius Felix
18. Clement of Alexandria
19. Julius Africanus
20. Hippolytus and Liturgy
21. Origen
22. Cyprian of Carthage
23. Dionysius of Alexandria
24. Paul of Samosata
25. Mani
26. Plotinos, Porphyry
27. Diocletian and the Great Persecution, Rise of Constantine
28. Constantine, Lactantius, and Eusebios of Caesarea
29. The Seeds of Reaction
30. The Church at Prayer
31. Athanasios, Marcellus, and the Gathering Storm
32. Fiasco at Serdica
33. Religious Division: A Note on Intolerance
34. Athanasios' Return: A Wind of Change
35. Constantius' Double Council of Unity
36. Julian and the Church
37. Damasus, Siricius, Papal Authority, Synesios of Cyrene
38. Basil of Caesarea (Cappadocia)
39. Ambrose
40. Ambrosiaster
41. Donatism
42. Monks: The Ascetic Life
43. Messalians; The Macarian Homilies
44. Schism at Antioch: The Council of Constantinople (381)
45. Jerome and Rufinus: Controversy about Origen
46. Pelagius, Celestius, and the Roman See in Gaul and North Africa
47. Julian of Eclanum: Augustine's Critics in Gaul and North Africa
48. Augustine
49. John Chrysostom
50. Innocent I and John Chrysostom's Honour. Alaric and the fall of Rome
51. The Christological Debate I: To the First Council of Ephesus
52. The Christological Debate II: From Reunion to a breakdown of unity (449)
53. The Christological Debate III; From the Second Council of Ephesus (449) to Chalcedon (451)
54. Chalcedon II: fall of Dioscoros. the emperor Leo's Encyclia
55. The aftermath of the Council of Chalcedon; Zeno's Henotikon
56. Justinian: Origen and the Three Chapters
57. The Church and the Barbarian Invasions in the West; Salvian, Sidonius, Caesarius
58. Worship after Constantine
59. Pope Gregory the Great (590 - 604)
60. Pilgrims
61. Penance
Further Reading
Dates of Roman Emperors
List of Bishops of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, and Jerusalem

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2004

    A Major Work by a Major Scholar

    Henry Chadwick has written a major chronological work on church history which founds the early Jesus movements solidly within the various Judaisms of Roman Galilee. Chadwick¿s chapters are concise and to the point with each sentence loaded with facts. Just the final chapter on ¿Further Reading¿ is a golden mine and worth the price of the book alone. Any student considering a vocation in Christian ministry or education must face the clear factual data in this major book.

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