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The Early Church

Paperback|Dec 2009
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This study of the early church is written from a new religious and theological studies perspective. It builds on recent research in ancient history, archaeology, classical and oriental and cognate studies and also takes account of recent developments in reception...


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This study of the early church is written from a new religious and theological studies perspective. It builds on recent research in ancient history, archaeology, classical and oriental and cognate studies and also takes account of recent developments in reception studies, in particular in the area of popular literature, fiction, film, art and new religions.
^^^One of its aims is to demonstrate how certain perceptions of the early church still dominate the western cultural discourse and how important it is for a fruitful development of that discourse to inform it with a well grounded, well (historically) informed, notion of 'the early church'.


^^^The book falls into seven chapters. Chapter I discusses the concepts of 'the early church', 'early Christianity', its wording and history, including wider aspects of reception. Chapter II deals with concepts of history, memory and cultural origins in early Christian thought. Chapter III outlines varieties of religious traditions in the wider context of 'the early church', including 'heresies' or other religions like Gnosticism, Montanism and Manichaeism. Chapter IV introduces religious practices of early Christians and their perception in history, especially in western art. Chapter Vdeals with the emerging separation of religion and society in Late Antiquity. In a sixth chapter we outline the formation of orthodoxy, including the developments of creeds and the phenomenon of councils, and in a seventh chapter we will look at the phenomenon of 'De-Hellenization' and the formation of 'national' 'christianities' on the fringes of the old Mediterranean world..


-Publisher


This introductory study is written from a new religious and theological studies perspective. Building on latest research in history and archaeology it also deals with reception studies, including popular literature, fiction, film, art and new religions.

The book illustrates how perceptions of the early church still dominate the wider cultural discourse and how much that discourse is in need of a historically informed notion of 'the early church'.

The book falls into seven chapters. Chapter I discusses concepts like 'early church' and 'early Christianity' and wider aspects of reception. Chapter II deals with concepts of history, memory and cultural origins in early Christian thought and its study. Chapter III outlines varieties of religious traditions in the context of the early church, especially Hellenistic Judaism. Chapter IV discusses Jewish and Gentile identities in the early church. Chapter V deals with the emergence of an early Christian literature. Chapter VI outlines the development of early Christian religious practices, and Chapter VII looks at leadership and political structures in and around the early church and their implications.

-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 297355
  • Product Code 9780567165619
  • ISBN 0567165612
  • EAN 9780567165619
  • Pages 256
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Dec 2009
  • Sales Rank 52880
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 19mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

Josef Lossl

Dr. Josef Lossl; Reader in Patristics and Late Antiquity, Cardiff University, School of Religious and Theological Studies, Director of the Cardiff University Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture; author of Julian von Aeclanum (Leiden 2001) and The Early Church - History and Memory (T & T Clark)

  • I. What Is 'the Early Church' And Why Should We Study It.; Ii. Memories And Myths Of Beginnings. How A Religion Invents Itself.; Iii. Divisions, Diversity, Plurality And The Quest For Unity And Recognition; Iv. Early Christian Religious Life And Why Posterity Is Keen To Imagine It; V. Too Close For Comfort: Early Church And Roman Empire. Why It Still Matters; Vi. Creeds And Councils: The Quest For Doctrine And How It Was Managed; Vii. 'de-hellenization'. The Birth Of 'christianities' And Their Demise.

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