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The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus
The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus
by John Crossan
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In this national bestseller, John Dominic Crossan, the world's leading expert on the historical Jesus, reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus' death. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Crossan shines new light on the... (read more)

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The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity
The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity
by John McManners
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Spanning two thousand years of stirring religious, cultural and political events, this lavishly illustrated volume provides the most authoritative and accessible history of Christianity ever published for the general reader. The impact of Christianity on... (read more)

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Rise of Christianity (97 Edition)
Rise of Christianity (97 Edition)
by Rodney Stark
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This "fresh, blunt, and highly persuasive account of how the West was won—for Jesus" (Newsweek) is now available in paperback. Stark's provocative report challenges conventional wisdom and finds that Christianity's astounding dominance of the... (read more)

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God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
by Rodney Stark
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The truth about the Christian Crusades and Muslim Jihad.... (read more)

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Gods Self-Confident Daughters
Gods Self-Confident Daughters
by Anne Jensen
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In this study, Anne Jensen provides an exhaustive account of the many roles that women played in the early church (confessors, martyrs, prophetesses, and teachers) and their subsequent marginalization by the later church. This book is required reading... (read more)

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Church History: The First Century
Church History: The First Century
by Rick Joyner
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Church history is one of the most compelling and interesting parts of human history, filled with wisdom and understanding about how the heights of human greatness can be attained or how the worst mistakes can be made. A popular quote and truth is, Those... (read more)

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Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History
Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History
by James Carroll
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"An impressive dissection of anti-semitism by an ex-Roman Catholic priest. His starting point is the placing of crosses at Auschwitz and the ensuing controversy over the canonization of Edith Stein. As a Jew, I have understood the presence of anti... (read more)

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And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus
And Man Created God: A History of the World at the Time of Jesus
by Selina O'Grady
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At the time of Jesus birth, the world was full of gods. Thousands of them jostled, competed and merged with one another. In Syria ecstatic devotees castrated themselves in the streets to become priests of Atargatis. In Galilee, holy men turned oil into... (read more)

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Women in Early Christianity: Translations from Greek Texts
Women in Early Christianity: Translations from Greek Texts
by Patricia Cox Miller
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From the fictional Thecla in the second century to the very real Olympias in the early fifth century, the history of women in early Christianity was as complex and rich as the religion itself. This comprehensive sourcebook brings together translations of... (read more)

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Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies #70: George Gifford and the Reformation of the Common Sort: Puritan Priorities in Elizabethan Religious Life
Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies #70: George Gifford and the Reformation of the Common Sort: Puritan Priorities in Elizabethan Religious Life
by Timothy Scott Mcginnis
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This careful study explores puritan attitudes through the life and works of Elizabethan minister George Gifford. He was on the front lines of religious controversies in a time when the English church was being shaped by Protestant evangelicals who felt... (read more)

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Jesus and the Village Scribes
Jesus and the Village Scribes
by William E Arnal
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This volume challenges Gerd Theissen's dominant thesis of "wandering radicals" as the earliest spreaders of the Jesus tradition. Several conclusions are drawn: 1) the textual evidence for the "wandering radicals" hypothesis is not tenable and must be... (read more)

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Formation of Christendom
Formation of Christendom
by Judith Herrin
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Written for the general reader as well as the scholar, Judith Herrin outlines in this book the fate of the Roman Empire from the end of the late antiquity to the coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas Day, AD 800.... (read more)

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Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea
Christian Beginnings: From Nazareth to Nicaea
by Geza Vermes
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Geza Vermes was one of the world's greatest experts on early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.... (read more)

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Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution--A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First
Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution--A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First
by Alister Mcgrath
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A New Interpretation of Protestantism and Its Impact on the World The radical idea that individuals could interpret the Bible for themselves spawned a revolution that is still being played out on the world stage today. This innovation lies at the heart... (read more)

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Beginnings to 1500 #1: A History of Christianity: Volume I: Beginnings to 1500: Revised Edition
Beginnings to 1500 #1: A History of Christianity: Volume I: Beginnings to 1500: Revised Edition
by Kenneth Latourette
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The most useful survey of Christian history for the student or general reader, fully updated by a team of respected scholars.... (read more)

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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
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 Philip Jenkins
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“Jenkins is one of Americas top religious scholars.” —Forbes magazineThe Lost History of Christianity by Philip Jenkins offers a revolutionary view of the history of the Christian church. Subtitled “The Thousand-Year... (read more)

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First Thousand Years (12 Edition)
First Thousand Years (12 Edition)
by Robert Louis Wilken
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How did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically, and intellectually? Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates... (read more)

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Triumph of Christianity (12 Edition)
Triumph of Christianity (12 Edition)
by Rodney Stark
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In The Triumph of Christianity, acclaimed religious and social historianRodney Stark explains how an obscure Jewish sect became the largestreligion in the world and presents the real story behind the tragediesand triumphs that have shaped the trajectory... (read more)

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Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches Out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church
Church Zero: Raising 1st Century Churches Out of the Ashes of the 21st Century Church
by Peyton Jones
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It’s Time to punch delete and Hit ‘Reset.’ What happened to the Western Church? When did we stop being radical, dangerous, and impossible to ignore? Why are we losing the generation under 30 and reaching so few nonbelievers? ... (read more)

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Band of Angels (13 Edition)
Band of Angels (13 Edition)
by Kate Cooper
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In this inspiring new history of the early Christian movement, award-winning historian Kate Cooper reveals a vivid picture of the triumphs and hardships of the first mothers of the infant church. As far as recorded history is concerned, women in the... (read more)

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