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Ad Fontes

Ad Fontes. To the sources. Engaging primary sources is an essential part of studying and understanding Christian history. But working with primary sources can be a challenge, and students benefit from a reliable guide to point the way.

Volumes in the Ad Fontes series, from Fortress Press, are an ideal guide for students of early Christianity whether in a class setting or in personal study. Ad Fontes volumes are arranged thematically and cover both foundational topics, such as Trinity and Christology, and broader themes such as wealth and poverty, and worship and liturgy.

Each volume is short, no more than 150 pages, and is edited by an acknowledged expert in the field. Brief introductions situate the readings and position students for success.

Students will understand the context of early Christianity in new ways with the Ad Fontes series. The series is anticipated to release 2016 through 2017.

The first two volumes in the series will be available September 1, 2016:
Church and Empire by Maria E. Doerfler, editor, and Understandings of the Church by Everett Ferguson, editor.

Series Editor

Learn more about the series

Watch series editor, George Kalantzis, introduce the vision and scope of the Ad Fontes series!

Look for these titles in the series beginning in 2016!

Moral Formation and the Virtuous Life
Paul Blowers, Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Church and Empire
Maria E. Doerfler, Duke Divinity School

Understandings of the Church
Everett Ferguson, Abilene Christian University

Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church
Michael Graves, Wheaton College

Marriage and Sexuality in the Early Church
David Hunter, University of Kentucky

Christology in the Early Church
George Kalantzis, Wheaton College

Worship and Liturgy
L. Edward Phillips, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity
Helen Rhee, Westmont College

Books

Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church
Michael Graves (Editor)
Release date: May 1, 2017

Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church is part of Ad Fontes, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. The books in the series will make the wealth of early Christian thought available to new generations of students of theology and provide a valuable resource for the Church. This volume focuses on how Scripture was interpreted and used for preaching, teaching, apologetics, and worship by early Christian scholars and church leaders.

Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity
Helen Rhee (Editor), George Kalantzis (Editor)
Release date: May 1, 2017

Wealth and Poverty in Early Christianity is part of Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. This volume is designed to introduce the reader to the broad range of texts that reflect early Christian thoughts and practices on the topic of wealth and poverty.

Cover of Church and Empire
Release date: September 1, 2016

The history of the church's relationship with governing authorities unfolds from its beginnings at the intersection of apprehension and acceptance, collaboration and separation. This volume is dedicated to helping students chart this complex narrative through early Christian writings from the first six centuries of the Common Era.

Church and Empire is part of Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. 

cover of Understandings of the Church
Release date: September 1, 2016

Understandings of the Church explores the ways imagery is used by biblical writers and early Christian teachers such as Cyprian, Ignatius of Antioch, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen to describe the concept of church.

Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources is a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. Developed in light of recent patristic scholarship for new generations of students of theology, the volumes will provide a representative sampling of theological contributions from both East and West.

Updates

First two volumes coming September, 2016!
May 27, 2016
The first two volumes in the series will be available September 1, 2016! ​Church and Empire by Maria E. Doerfler, editor, and Understandings of the Church by Everett Ferguson, editor.
New video!
June 23, 2015
Watch series editor, George Kalantzis, introduce the vision and scope behind the Ad Fontes series coming soon!