Early Christian Traditions [NOOK Book]

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In this sixth volume of The New Church’s Teaching Series, Rebecca Lyman introduces us to the world of the early church. Beginning with the Jewish, Greek, and Roman cultures in which the first followers of Jesus lived and worshiped, she traces the growth of the Christian church’s theology, worship, leadership, and ethics through its first six centuries, ending with Augustine of Hippo.

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Overview

In this sixth volume of The New Church’s Teaching Series, Rebecca Lyman introduces us to the world of the early church. Beginning with the Jewish, Greek, and Roman cultures in which the first followers of Jesus lived and worshiped, she traces the growth of the Christian church’s theology, worship, leadership, and ethics through its first six centuries, ending with Augustine of Hippo.

Early Christian Traditions offers perceptive insights into the early church’s intense conflicts that reveal the often thin line between orthodoxy and heresy, between true and false teachers, and among the many competing versions of Christianity. Lyman describes the early church’s “family quarrels”—Gnosticism, Donatism, Arianism—as well as the theological, political, and linguistic issues that went into the making of the great creeds and established the apostolic tradition.
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Editorial Reviews

Open
This volume provides not only an excellent introduction to the early church but also an answer to the question of why Anglicans at the dawn of the twenty-first century should be interested in the first five Christian centuries. The author avoids the name, date, battle (or, in this case, dogma) approach to history. She sets Christianity in its context in the ancient world and gives us insights to it both as a persecuted sect and an imperial religion. ...

This book provides a readable and understandable overview of early Christianity for the reader with little or no knowledge of the subject. It also provides the more serious student with a rationale for learning more, and some guideposts to keep from losing one's way in a mass of data
Virginia Theological Seminary Journal
Lyman quite aptly describes her book as an ‘historical appetizer.’ As such, it works best as a jumping off point for further discussion and reading in the early history of the Church. Lyman writes, ‘Understanding our past is essential to dreaming our future.’ In this book she has invited her readers to take a first step in such an understanding that will lead to vital, Spirit-filled dreams.
Theological Book Review
Lyman aims to give her readers an introduction to the people, places and traditions which are common to all Christian denominations. A useful, all-round evaluation of Christian history, this book would be a useful resource for anyone beginning to study the establishment of the church in the first centuries after Christ.
Province One Educational Ministry Network - Dick Vanderlippe
As I was into the third (of eight) chapters [of Rebecca Lyman’s book] I had this strange (Holy Spirit type) feeling that this would be a wonderful book for anyone who has previously completed year three of EFM and would like to revisit the material from a different perspective.
Province One Educational Ministry Network
As I was into the third (of eight) chapters [of Rebecca Lyman’s book] I had this strange (Holy Spirit type) feeling that this would be a wonderful book for anyone who has previously completed year three of EFM and would like to revisit the material from a different perspective.
— Dick Vanderlippe
Episcopal Life
Like other books in the series, this is a highly accessible volume, clearly and gracefully presented. It’s accompanied by useful questions for discussion and pertinent suggestions for further reading. Lyman wears her considerable scholarship comfortably, even invitingly. For the general reader, hers is an engaging introduction to the inescapable paradoxes of faith lived out in action, as experienced by our foremothers and fathers.
Open
This volume provides not only an excellent introduction to the early church but also an answer to the question of why Anglicans at the dawn of the twenty-first century should be interested in the first five Christian centuries. The author avoids the name, date, battle (or, in this case, dogma) approach to history. She sets Christianity in its context in the ancient world and gives us insights to it both as a persecuted sect and an imperial religion.
Christian Library Journal
The era of the early Christians is one that perhaps we don’t think of often. . . . Early Christian Traditions presents a readable and valuable introduction to this period of history.
Anglican Theological Review
Rebecca Lyman’s Early Christian Traditions should be especially useful to those . . . who know that the early Church is important to Anglicanism but not quite why or how. Lyman’s book is a thoughtful, accurate and highly readable introduction. It reflects the best recent scholarship by giving attention to matters such as diversity in early Christian thought and practice, the roles of women, and the ongoing interdependence of Christianity and Judaism, as well as to familiar issues of creed, liturgy and order.
Resources Hotline
This book offers a useful and concise history of the dynamics, issues and activities of the early church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461660569
  • Publisher: Cowley Publications
  • Publication date: 1/25/1999
  • Series: New Church's Teaching Series , #6
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 586,839
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Rebecca Lyman is an Episcopal priest and the Samuel Garrett Professor of Church History at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. A popular teacher and lecturer on church history, she has also been a translator for The New American Bible. Her research and writing focus on the early history and definition of orthodoxy and heresy.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Anglican Identity and Christian Traditions
Chapter 2 The World of the Early Church: Romans, Jews, and Christians
Chapter 3 Apostolic Christianity: The Gnostic Controversies
Chapter 4 Christianity and Social Crisis: Persecution, Unity, and Holiness
Chapter 5 Imperial Christianity: The Desert and the City
Chapter 6 Who is Jesus? Early Images of Christ
Chapter 7 Who is God? Trinitarian Orthodoxy from Nicaea to Augustine
Chapter 8 The Church in Late Antiquity: Saints and Sinners in the City of God
Part 9 Resources
Part 10 Questions for Discussion
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