The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity
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The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity

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by Robert Louis Wilken
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300118848

ISBN-13: 9780300118841

Pub. Date: 11/27/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

How did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically, and intellectually? Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates the dramatic spread and development of Christianity over the first thousand years of its history. Moving through

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How did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically, and intellectually? Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates the dramatic spread and development of Christianity over the first thousand years of its history. Moving through the formation of early institutions, practices, and beliefs to the transformations of the Roman world after the conversion of Constantine, he sheds new light on the subsequent stories of Christianity in the Latin West, the Byzantine and Slavic East, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

Through a selected narration of particularly noteworthy persons and events, Wilken demonstrates how the coming of Christianity set in motion one of the most profound revolutions the world has known. This is not a story limited to the West; rather, Christian communities in Ethiopia, Nubia, Armenia, Georgia, Persia, Central Asia, India, and China shaped the course of Christian history. The rise and spread of Islam had a lasting impact on the future of Christianity, and several chapters are devoted to the early experiences of Christians under Muslim rule. Wilken reminds us that the career of Christianity is characterized by decline and attrition as well as by growth and expansion. 

Ten years in the making and the result of a lifetime of study, this is Robert Louis Wilken’s summa, a moving, reflective, and commanding account from a scholar at the height of his powers.

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ISBN-13:
9780300118841
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/27/2012
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Beginning in Jerusalem 6

2 Ephesus, Rome, and Edessa: The Spread of Christianity 17

3 The Making of a Christian Community 28

4 Divisions Within 37

5 Constructing a Catacomb 47

6 A Learned Faith: Origen of Alexandria 55

7 Persecution: Cyprian of Carthage 65

8 A Christian Emperor: Constantine 75

9 The Council of Nicaea and the Christian Creed 88

10 Monasticism 99

11 A Christian Jerusalem 109

12 Emperor Julian, the Jews, and Christians 118

13 Bishop and Emperor: Ambrose and Theodosius 127

14 Architecture and Art 136

15 Music and Worship 145

16 The Sick, the Aged, and the Poor: The Birth of Hospitals 154

17 The Bishop of Rome as Pope 163

18 An Ordered Christian Society: Canon Law 174

19 Augustine of Hippo 183

20 The Great Controversy over Christ 195

21 Egypt and the Copts; Nubia 205

22 African Zion: Ethiopia 214

23 Syriac-Speaking Christians: The Church of the East 222

24 Armenia and Georgia 229

25 Central Asia, China, and India 238

26 A Christian Empire: Justinian 246

27 New Beginnings in the West 257

28 Latin Christianity Spreads North 269

29 The Sacking of Jerusalem; More Controversy over Christ 279

30 No God but God: The Rise of Islam 288

31 Images and the Making of Byzantium 297

32 Arabic-Speaking Christians 307

33 Christians Under Islam: Egypt and North Africa 316

34 Christians Under Islam: Spain 324

35 An Emperor in the West: Charlemagne 333

36 Christianity Among the Slavs 344

Afterword 355

Chronology and Maps 361

Suggested Readings 373

Translations 377

Index 381

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