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Introduction to the History of Christianity

Second Edition

Incorporating the accuracy and readability of the first edition of this highly acclaimed text, Tim Dowley has enhanced the second edition with new contributions from Pheme Perkins on "The Thought-World of Early Christianity" and Richard Burridge on "Jesus and the Gospels" as well as updated and revised contributions from Ward Gasque, Richard Pierard, John H. Y. Briggs, and more. With many new photographs, illustrations, maps, charts, and timelines, the inviting new full-color format tells the dramatic, intriguing, and often surprising story of Christians in their two-thousand-year journey to the present day. This textbook can be purchased individually or as part of a Course Pack which includes the Study Companion.

Authoritative content, comprehensive scope, arresting four-color illustration, and innovative learning aids, now in multiple formats for complete versatility.

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Introduction to the History of Christianity: Second Edition
Introduction to the History of Christianity Second Edition

Edited by Tim Dowley
Paperback
688pp
ISBN: 9780800699697
$55
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Contents 
Contributors
Preface
Chapter 1 

Introduction to the History of Christianity: Second Edition, Study Companion
A Study Companion to Introduction to the History of Christianity Second Edition

Edited by Beth Wright
Paperback
192pp
ISBN: 9781451464672
$19
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Introduction to the History of Christianity Second Edition, Course Pack
Introduction to the History of Christianity Second Edition, Course Pack

Textbook and Study Companion
ISBN: 9781451465426
$65
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The Editors

Tim Dowley

Tim Dowley is author of The Christians: An Illustrated History (2008) and The Student Bible Atlas (1990), among many other titles on history of Christianity and the Bible.

Beth Wright

Beth Wright has edited textbooks in religion and other subjects for more than twelve years. A former Fortress Press editor, she lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Test and Answer Key

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Instructor's Guide: Resources for class

Includes links to articles, videos, interviews, websites, and more for use in your class lectures and discussions!
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Student Guide: Key Figures

Features the biographies and essential writings of key figures from Christian history for use in your course!
Key Figures in Christian History study guide

Sample syllabi

Syllabus from Fortress Press

Syllabi from current users

Critical Developments in the History of Christianity, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Tom Miles
History of Christianity, Trinity Christian College, Brian C. Dennert

 

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Student Guide: Key Figures

Features the biographies and essential writings of key figures from Christian history for use in your course!
Key Figures in Christian History study guide

Endorsements

Addresses key people and figures so that students have background in class discussions. . .

Introduction to the History of Christianity addresses key people and figures so that students have background in class discussions, has sidebars to help focus on particular people or issues, and also weaves topics into various sections to show how concepts are linked.”

—Brian Dennert | Trinity Christian College

Digging a little deeper into a historical individual through a sidebar. . .makes it easier for students to focus on that person and the data they need to glean. . .

Introduction to the History of Christianity covers most of the things I want to make sure are addressed, and it does so in a reasonably non-sectarian way. Dowley’s book is quite efficient in presenting this data in ways that allow students to take notes as they read the book. One feature of this book that I think goes some good distance in helping with this is the use of the sidebars on specific individuals and topics. Digging a little deeper into a historical individual through a sidebar, outside of the main body of the text, makes it easier for students to focus on that person and the data they need to glean.”

—Tom Miles | Nazarene Theological Seminary

This is a book whose honesty, scholarship, and general attractiveness commend it even to the nonreligious reader. . .


 

— Publishers Weekly

No other survey so attractively combines accuracy and readability with an abundance of well-chosen illustrations. . .

"If you have only one church history book, this should be it. No other survey so attractively combines accuracy and readability with an abundance of well-chosen illustrations. It will please both those who like to read about the past and those who never knew how interesting it could be."
 

— Christianity Today

This fine handbook. . .with its charts, maps, diagrams, and color illustrations will help readers through the maze of complex Christian history. . .


 

— New York Times

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Tim Dowley (Editor)
Release date: November 1, 2013

Combining the accuracy and readability of the first edition of this highly acclaimed text, Dowley has enhanced the second edition with new contributions.

Beth Wright (Compiler/Editor)
Release date: November 1, 2013

The Study Companion is a valuable additional resource for introductory courses in church history that use Tim Dowley's popular Introduction to the History of Christianity.

Tim Dowley (Editor)
Release date: October 1, 2013

The most popular introduction to Christianity ever published, Dowley's work tells in an engaging way the dramatic, intriguing, and often surprising story of Christians in ...