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The Early Church: From the Beginnings to 461

Author: 
W. H. C. Frend (Author)
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Description

Frend's masterful survey, here presented with a new Preface and updated bibliographies, traces the historical and theological development of the Christian church from apostolic times through the fifth century. Frend charts the tumultuous and momentous process by which an obscure Palestinian Jewish sect became the official religion of the Roman Empire and achieved, despite conflict, schism, and heresy, a firm organizational, liturgical and doctrinal identity.
ISBN: 
9780800616151
Price: 
$20.00
Release date: 
January 1, 1982
Pages: 
276
Width: 
6
Height: 
9.25

Endorsements

"Frend's studies in early Christian history are marked by the searching attention he gives to the social and political realities surrounding and affecting events, personalities, and disputes in the Christian movement. His incorporation of these issues makes the period's happenings both more intelligible and more interesting than many surveys which focus upon the development of dogma and church order."
— Robert C. Gregg

"Frend's work remains a valuable introduction to the patristic period. It provides an insightful summary for a complex period. Students in need of a wise overview will find it a valuable resource."
— Review and Expositor

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations
    Introduction

    PART ONE:

  1. Rome and the Mediterranean World
  2. Rome and First-Century Judaism
  3. The Primitive Community 41-70
  4. The Old Israel and the New 70-135
  5. The Gnostics. Marcion 130-80
  6. A Generation of Crisis 160-85
  7. Three Cities: Rome, Carthage and Alexandria 185-234
  8. Origen
  9. Decius-Valerian: A Decade of Persecution 249-59
  10. The Dawn of the New Era 260-303
  11. The Great Persecution 303-12
  12. East and West to Nicaea

    PART TWO:

  13. The Arian Controversy 325-60
  14. Julian the Apostate 361-3
  15. The Triumph of Orthodoxy 363-82
  16. Ambrose of Milan and Theodosius 381-95
  17. Asceticism and the Monastic Movement in the Fouth Century
  18. St. Augustine of Hippo 354-430
  19. The Conflicts of Eastern Christendom 381-431
  20. The Development of the Papacy from Damasus to Celestine 378-440
  21. Leo and Chalcedon 440-61
  22. Church and People from Constantine to Leo

    A Bibliography of General Works on Church History

    Chronological Guide: Events Relevant to Church History to 461

    Notes
    Index