The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature
The writings of the Church Fathers form a distinct body of literature that shaped the early church and built upon the doctrinal foundations of Christianity established within the New Testament. Christian literature in the period c. 100-c. 400 constitutes one...
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The writings of the Church Fathers form a distinct body of literature that shaped the early church and built upon the doctrinal foundations of Christianity established within the New Testament. Christian literature in the period c. 100-c. 400 constitutes one of the most influential textual oeuvres of any religion. Written mainly in Greek, Latin and Syriac, Patristic literature emanated from all parts of the early Christian world and helped to extend its boundaries. The History offers a systematic account of that literature and its setting. The works of individual writers in shaping the various genres of Christian literature is considered, alongside three general essays, covering distinct periods in the development of Christian literature, which survey the social, cultural and doctrinal context within which Christian literature arose and was used by Christians. This is a landmark reference book for scholars and students alike.
Frances M. Young FBA OBE (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the recently retired Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, England. The lead editor of The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature and the author of numerous books in patristics and New Testament studies including Brokenness and Blessing: Towards a Biblical Spirituality; From Nicaea to Chalcedon: A Guide to the Literature and Its Background (2nd ed); and The Making of the Creeds, she is also an ordained Methodist minister.
Dr. Lewis Ayres (D.Phil., Merton College, Oxford University) is Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Dr. Ayres' research focuses on Augustine and on Greek and Latin Trinitarian theology, Christology, and pneumatology in the fourth and fifth centuries. His next book will be a study of pro-Nicene theologies of the Spirit between 350 and 400. He also studies the development of exegesis between 100 and 500, modern Trinitarian theology (especially its engagement with Patristic thought), modern reception of Augustine.
Ayres is coeditor of the Blackwells series Challenges in Contemporary Theology. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Early Christian Studies and Modern Theology. During 2007-2008 he was on sabbatical as a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology.
Augustine's Trinitarian Theology; The Mystery of the Holy Trinity in the Fathers of the Church (Four Courts Press), coeditor; Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature (Cambridge University Press 2004), coeditor; Nicaea and Its Legacy (Oxford University Press 2004);Christian Origins: Theology, Rhetoric and Community (Routledge 1998), editor
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Dr Andrew Louth is Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, University of Durham, and General Editor (with Gillian Clark) of Oxford Early Christian Studies. He is the author of Denys the Areopagite, St John Damascene tradition and originality in Byzantine theology, Greek east and Latin west the church AD 681-1071 and most recently Love.
- Part I. The Beginnings: The New Testament To Irenaeus: 1. Introduction: Christian Literary Genres And Their Second-century Development Frances Young; 2. Apostolic And Subapostolic Writings: The New Testament And The Apostolic Fathers R. A. Norris; 3. Gnostic Literature R. A. Norris; 4. Apocryphal Material: Acts Of The Martyrs R. A. Norris; 5. Apologetic Material: Melito And The Peri Pascha R. A. Norris; 6. Irenaeus R. A. Norris; 7. Social And Historical Setting John Behr; 8. Articulating Identity R. A. Norris; 9. Christian Teaching Frances Young; 10. Towards A Hermeneutic Of Second-century Texts Frances Young; Part Ii. The Third Century: 11. The Alexandrians Ronald E. Heine; 12. The Beginnings Of Latin Christian Literature Ronald E. Heine; 13. Hippolytus, Pseudo-hippolytus And The Early Canons Ronald E. Heine; 14. Cyprian And Novatian Ronald E. Heine; 15. Syriac Literature Sebastian Brock; 16. Concluding Review: The Literary Culture Of The Third Century Frances Young; 17. Social And Historical Setting: Christianity As Culture Critique Karen Jo Torjesen; 18. Articulating Identity Ronald E. Heine; 19. Christian Teaching David Dawson; 20. The Significance Of Third-century Christian Literature Frances Young; Part Iii. Foundations Of A New Culture: From Diocletian To Cyril: 21. Classical Genres In Christian Guise: Christian Genres In Classical Guise Frances Young; 22. Arnobius And Lactantius Oliver Nicholson; 23. Eusebius And The Birth Of Church History Andrew Louth; 24. Fourth-century Alexandrians: Athanasius And Didymus Andrew Louth; 25. Palastine: Cyril Of Jerusalem And Epiphanius Andrew Louth; 26. The Cappadocians Andrew Louth; 27. Fourth-century Latin Writers: Hilary, Victorinus, Ambrose, Ambrosiaster David G. Hunter; 28. Jerome And Rufinus Mark Vessey; 29. Augustine Henry Chadwick; 30. John Chrysostom And The Antiochene School To Theodoret Of Cyrrhus Andrew Louth; 31. Cyril Of Alexandria Andrew Louth; 32. Hagiography Andrew Louth; 33. Ephrem And The Syriac Tradition Sebastian Brock; 34. The Literature Of The Monastic Movement Andrew Louth; 35. Women And Words: Texts By And About Women Susan Ashbrook Harvey; 36. Conciliar Records And Canons Andrew Louth; 37. Social And Historical Setting R. A. Markus; 38. Articulating Identity Lewis Ayres; 39. Christian Teaching Frances Young; 40. Retrospect: Interpretation And Appropriation Frances Young.