The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died

The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died

by John Philip Jenkins
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The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be an enlightening book for those interested in early Christian history, especially of Christian communities that spread East rather than West into Europe. The history of divisions within the early Christian movement, their respective influence on geographical regions and other religious traditions, the historical influences and events leading to the near destruction of the largest Christian communities, and how understanding this ebb and flow of religious fervor and conviction can be seen to be operating in modern Christianity's ebb and flow worldwide are well discussed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this thought provoking book on the disappearance of Christianity in certain parts of the Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world is a wonderful read. The author fills in Christian history that is missing from Church history books (at least the one that I studied in seminary) and makes one think about God's timing in the course of history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throught that book was well written but would have liked to have more depth in the discussion about patriarchs of the East.
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steve55MO More than 1 year ago
What a surprise this book was--I expected difficult intellectual boring book and got the most rewarding surprise. It is easy to read but totally scholastic and documented. I learned so many things and was reminded of many I had forgotten. It is a must-read for any christian who thinks they know something about our history. And it is so very relevent to our frustration with muslim/islam relations in the middle east and now almost every country worldwide. I am inspired and excited to have visited so many places referred to --I just wish I had read the book first. I leave for Syria and Turkey in afew weeks and feel like this book has prepared me better than the two guide books I have read!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since the NT Book of Acts focuses on the expansion of the Gospel into the Mediterranean and Europe few know about the spread of Christianity into Africa, Asia and the East. Jenkins also uses a term i've never heard before, "Crypto-Christianity" which reveals how some Christian minorities still survive after millennia of persecution.
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This is history I had not really heard about before. As a broad outline of what happened in Christianity East and South of the Roman and Byzantine Empires during a period of over two thousand years, it covers the ground well. Unfortunately, there is also a problem of superficiality in covering so much history in a relatively short book. There is, however, a helpful Notes section which allows for some further reading on specific topics.