The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies responds to and celebrates the explosion of research in this inter-disciplinary field over recent decades. As a one-volume reference work, it provides an introduction to the academic study of early Christianity (c. 100-600 AD) and examines the vast geographical area impacted by the early church, in Western and Eastern late antiquity. It is thematically arranged to encompass history, literature, thought, practices, and material culture. It contains authoritative and up-to-date surveys of current thinking and research in the various sub-specialties of early Christian studies, written by leading figures in the discipline. The essays orientate readers to a given topic, as well as to the trajectory of research developments over the past 30-50 years within the scholarship itself. Guidance for future research is also given. Each essay points the reader towards relevant forms of extant evidence (texts, documents, or examples of materialculture), as well as to the appropriate research tools available for the area. This volume will be useful to advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as to specialists in any area who wish to consult a brief review of the 'state of the question' in a particular area or sub-specialty of early Christian studies, especially one different from their own.
The Bible was the essence of virtually every aspect of the life of the early churches. The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation explores a wide array of themes related to the reception, canonization, interpretation, uses, and legacies of the Bible in early Christianity.Each section contains overviews and cutting-edge scholarship that expands understanding of the field. Part One examines the material text transmitted, translated, and invested with authority, and the very conceptualization of sacred Scripture as God's word for the church. Part Two looks at theculture and disciplines or science of interpretation in representative exegetical traditions. Part Three addresses the diverse literary and non-literary modes of interpretation, while Part Four canvasses the communal background and foreground of early Christian interpretation, where the Bible wasparamount in shaping normative Christian identity. Part Five assesses the determinative role of the Bible in major developments and theological controversies in the life of the churches. Part Six returns to interpretation proper and samples how certain abiding motifs from within scripturalrevelation were treated by major Christian expositors.The overall history of biblical interpretation has itself now become the subject of a growing scholarship and the final part skilfully examines how early Christian exegesis was retrieved and critically evaluated in later periods of church history. Taken together, the chapters provide nuanced pathsof introduction for students and scholars from a wide spectrum of academic fields, including classics, biblical studies, the general history of interpretation, the social and cultural history of late ancient and early medieval Christianity, historical theology, and systematic and contextualtheology. Readers will be oriented to the major resources for, and issues in, the critical study of early Christian biblical interpretation.
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Product description: The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture (ACCS) does what very few of today's students of the Bible could do for themselves. With the aid of computer technology, the vast array of writings from the church fathers—including much that is available only in the ancient languages—have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating and introducing it to today's readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.
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. 100ndash;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.
'This is a tour de force by a great scholar... a magisterial account of the doctrinal and institutional history of the early Church, particularly in the east Roman provinces. The easy style, not without a sprinkling of colloquialisms, conceals the author's great learning and enthusiasm for his subject... Henry Chadwick's book will remain a standard work on the history of early Christianity for the forseeable future.' -English Historical Review'
Product description: The Early Christian World, Volumes 1 and 2, presents an exhaustive, erudite and lavishly illustrated treatment of how the small movement which formed around Jesus i Galilee became the pre-eminent religion of the ancient world.
"The Fathers of the Church: A Comprehensive Introduction presents the most important authors and works of the early history of Christian literature. Spanning the first seven hundred years of Christianity, Hubertus R. Drobner introduces writers such as Philo, Origen, Eusebius, Jerome, and Augustine, among many others. All of the authors are presented in their respective political, social, ecclesiastical, and cultural contexts, and are organized in terms of bibliographies, editions, English translations, ancillary sources, and relevant literature."--BOOK JACKET.
Product description: Das Handbuch der Patristik enthält repräsentative Quellentexte zu den Grundlagen frühchristlicher Glaubensreflexion (1. - 7. Jahrhundert). Die in systematischer Perspektive zusammangestellten Aussagen der Kirchenväter zeigen, wie Theologie in ihren Anfängen verstanden und vollzogen wurde, welchen Prinzipien sie folgte und welcher Methoden sie sich bediente. 841 Auszüge aus griechischen, lateinischen und syrischen Autoren sowie frühchristlichen Konzilien vermitteln ein differenziertes udn facettenreiches Bild des Glaubensdenkens der alten Kirche insgesamt. Kurze Einleitungen und erläuternde Anmerkungen ergänzen und erschliessen die Texte.
Product description: Die neue Monographie zur Patristik schließt die Lücke zwischen Handbüchern zur Patrologie (Altaner, Drobner, LACL) einerseits und Darstellungen der frühchristlichen Dogmen- und Theologiegeschichte andererseits. Während dort Leben und Schriften der frühchristlichen Autoren sowie der Inhalt ihrer Lehren in ihrer geschichtlichen Entwicklung behandelt werden, nimmt das vorliegende Werk vor allem Selbstverständnis und Orientierungspunkte der Kirchenvätertheologie in den Blick. Dem Lehrbuch geht es um eine die gesamte patristische Epoche umfassende Darstellung der theologischen Methode der Kirchenväter.