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Overview

An integrated overview of history
The volume in this series are arranged topically to cover biography, literature, doctrines, practices, institutions, worship, missions, and daily life. Archaeology and art as well as writings are drawn on to illuminate the Christian movement in its early centuries. Ample attention is also given to the relation of Christianity to pagan thought and life, to the Roman state, to Judaism, and to doctrines and practices that came to be judged as heretical or schismatic. Introductions to each volume tie the articles together for an integrated understanding of the history.

Offers insights and understanding
The aim of the collection is to give balanced and comprehensive coverage, selected on the basis of the following criteria: original and excellent research and writing; subject matter of use to teachers and students; groundbreaking importance for the history of research; background information for issues and opinions. Understanding the development of early Christianity and its impact on Western history and thought offers valuable insights into the modern world and the present state of Christiantiy. It also provides perspective on comparable developments in other periods of history and reveals human nature in its religious dimension.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815310747
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Series: Studies in Early Christianity Series , #14
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

About the editors Everett Ferguson is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Abilene Christian University, where he was twice honored as an outstanding teacher. He is a life member and has served a term on the Council of the American Society of church History, and is a past president of the North American Patristic Society. His professional memberships also include the Society of Biblical Literature, Ecclesiastical History Society (Great Britain), Conference on Faith and History, and Association internationale d'etudes patristiques.
david M. Scholer is Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Early Church History at North Park College and Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.
Paul Corby Finney is Assistant Professor of History and Associate Professor of Art and Archeology at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

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Table of Contents

Series Introduction
Volume Introduction
Second Century References to the Mother of Jesus 2
The Worship of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus 15
The Historical Background of the Doctrine of the Assumption 55
Blandina and Perpetua: Two Early Christian Heroines 87
Acts of the Women Martyrs 98
The Role of Martyrdom and Persecution in Developing the Priestly Authority of Women in Early Christianity: A Case Study of Montanism 105
The Fathers on Women and Women's Ordination 117
The 'Divine Woman'? Propaganda and the Power of Celibacy in the New Testament Apocrypha: A Reconsideration 169
Libertine or Liberated: Women in the So-called Libertine Gnostic Communities 183
Sex and Salvation in Tertullian 199
Sexual Equality and the Cult of Virginity in Early Christian Thought 219
Sexual Politics in the Writings of John Chrysostom 233
The Conversion of Women to Ascetic Forms of Christianity 252
Misogynism and Virginal Feminism in the Fathers of the Church 262
Women and Asceticism in the Fourth Century: A Question of Interpretation 296
Christianization in the Fourth Century: The Example of Roman Women 319
Acknowledgments 337
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