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After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity

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The remarkable diversity of Christianity during the formative years before the Council of Nicea has become a plain, even natural, "fact" for most ancient historians. Until now, however, there has been no sourcebook of primary texts that reveals the many varieties of Christian beliefs, practices, ethics, experiences, confrontations, and self-understandings. To help readers recognize and experience the rich diversity of the early Christian movement, After the New Testament provides a wide range of texts from the second and third centuries, both "orthodox" and "heterodox," including such works as the Apostolic Fathers, the writings of Nag Hammadi, early pseudepigrapha, martyrologies, anti-Jewish tractates, heresiologies, canon lists, church orders, liturgical texts, and theological treatises. Rather than providing only fragments of texts, this collection prints large excerpts--entire documents wherever possible--organized under social and historical rubrics.

This unique reader's concise and informative introductions and clear and up-to-date English translations make it ideal for courses on the New Testament, Christian Origins, Early Church History, or Late Antiquity. It will also be of interest to anyone--student, scholar, and general reader alike--interested in the entire range of early Christian literature from the period after the New Testament up to the writings of the so-called father of church history, Eusebius.

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The remarkable diversity of Christianity during the formative years of the first three centuries has become a plain "fact" for most ancient historians. But until now there has been no source book of primary texts that reveals the many varieties of Christian beliefs, practices, and experiences. AFTER THE NEW TESTAMENT provides clear and concise information drawn from substantial texts.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. General Introduction

2. The Spread of Christianity: Early Christians and their Converts

1. The Acts of John

2. The Acts of Thomas

3. Justin: Dialogue with Trypho

3. The Attack on Christianity: Persecution and Martyrdom in the Early Church

4. The Letter of Ignatius to the Romans

5. The Martyrdom of Polycarp

6. The Letter of the Churches of Vienne and Lyons

7. The Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs

8. The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas

4. The Defense of Early Christianity: The Early Christian Apologists

9. Minucius Felix:Octavius

10. Justin: First Apology

11. Athenagoras: Plea Regarding the Christians

12. The Letter to Diognetus

13. Tertullian: Apology

14. Origen: Against Celus

5. Anti-Judaic Polemic: The Opposition to Jews in Early Christianity

15. The Epistle of Barnabas

16. Justin: Dialogue with Trypho

17. Melito of Sardis: On the Passover

18. Tertullian: Answer to the Jews

6. The Diversity of Early Christianity: Writings Later Deemed Heretical

Jewish-Christian Texts

19. The Gospel According to the Ebionites

20. The Letter of Peter to James and Its Reception

21. The Homilies of Clement

Gnostic-Christian Texts

22. The Secret Book of John

23. The First Thought in Three Forms

24. The Gospel of Truth

25. Ptolemy's Letter to Flora

26. On the Origin of the World

27. The isdom of Jesus Christ

28. The Treatise on the Resurrection

29. The Hymn of the Pearl

30. The Gospel of Philip

7. The Internal Conflicts of Christianity: Writings against the "Heretics"

Proto-Orthodox Heresiologists

31. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies

32. Tertullian: Prescription of the Heretics

33. Tertullian: On the Flesh of Christ

34. Tertullian: Against Praxeas

Gnostic Heresiologists

35. The Coptic Apocalypse of Peter

36. The Second Treatise of the Great Seth

8. "Apostolic" Writings Outside the Canon: New Testament Apocrypha/Pseudepigrapha

Apocryphal Gospels

37. The Gospel of Thomas

38. The Gospel of Peter

39. The Proto-Gospel of James

40. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas

41. The Epistle of the Apostles

Apocryphal Acts

42. The Acts of Peter

43. The Acts of Paul

44. The Acts of Thecla

45. The Acts of John

Apocryphal Epistles

46. Paul's Third Letter to the Corinthians

47. The Correspondence Between Paul and Seneca

48. Paul's Letter to the Laodiceans

Apocryphal Apocalypses

49. The Apocalypse of Peter

50. The Apocalypse of Paul

9. The New Scriptures: Canonical Lists in Early Christianity

51. The Muratorian Canon

52. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies

53. Origen of Alexandria

54. Eusebius: Ecclesiastical History

10. The Structure of Early Christianity: The Development of Church Offices

55. First Clement

56. The Didache

57. The Letters of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Magnesians, and Smyrneans

58. Hippolytus: The Apostolic Tradition

59. The Didascalia

60. Cyprian: The Unity of the Catholic Church

11. The Development of the Liturgy: Ritual Practices in Early Christianity

61. The Didache

62. Justin: First Apology

63. Tertullian: Apology

64. Tertullian: On the Crown

65. Hippolytus: The Apostolic Tradition

66. The Didascalia

12. The Proclamation of the World: Homilies in Early Christianity

67. Second Clement

68. Origen: Homilies on Luke

69. Origen: Homilies on Genesis

13. Leading the Upright Life: The Role of Ethics in Early Christianity

70. The Didache

71. Clement of Alexandria: The Educator

72. Tertullian: To His Wife

14. The Emergence of Orthodoxy: Theological Writings of Proto-Orthodox Christians

73. Tertullian: Against Praxeas

74. Origen: On First Principles

75. Novatian: On the Trinity

76. Dionysius of Rome: Letter to Dionysius of Alexandria

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195114454
Editor:
Ehrman, Bart D.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Ehrman, Bart D.
Author:
Ehrman, Bart D.
Author:
null, Bart D
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Bible - Study - New Testament
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Religion - Church History
Subject:
Christian literature, early
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Biblical Studies - New Testament
Subject:
Theology | History of Christianity
Subject:
Religion and Theology | History of Christianity
Subject:
Religion & Theology | History of Christianity
Subject:
Religion & Theo
Subject:
logy | History of Christianity
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Subject:
Bible - Theology - New Testament
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references.
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, maps
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.14x7.44x.79 in. 1.66 lbs.

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