Early Christians Speak: Faith and Life in the First Three Centuries

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Many people, even those with long church association, are unaware of the vigorous intellectual, political, moral, and social life of the church during the first three centuries after Christ. One of the world's foremost scholars of this period, Everett Ferguson has collected both his own translations of some of the earliest documents of the post-apostolic period and the best of other leading scholars to compile this useful reader. Topics covered include the organization of the early church, the doctrines of ...
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Many people, even those with long church association, are unaware of the vigorous intellectual, political, moral, and social life of the church during the first three centuries after Christ. One of the world's foremost scholars of this period, Everett Ferguson has collected both his own translations of some of the earliest documents of the post-apostolic period and the best of other leading scholars to compile this useful reader. Topics covered include the organization of the early church, the doctrines of baptism and the communion feast, women in the early church, and worship in the early church.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780891120469
  • Publisher: Abilene Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Edition number: 3

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