After the New Testament: 100-300 C.E.: A Reader in Early Christianity

Paperback | November 12, 2014

byBart D. Ehrman

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Revealing the rich diversity of the early Christian movement, this reader brings together an extensive selection of texts from the second and third centuries, both "orthodox" and "heterodox." Selections include the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, the writings of Nag Hammadi, earlypseudepigrapha, martyrologies, anti-Jewish tractates, heresiologies, canon lists, church orders, liturgical texts, and theological treatises. Featuring large textual excerpts - entire documents wherever possible - concise introductions, and lucid, up-to-date translations, After the New Testament isideal for courses in Early Christianity, Christian Origins, and Early Church History.

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Revealing the rich diversity of the early Christian movement, this reader brings together an extensive selection of texts from the second and third centuries, both "orthodox" and "heterodox." Selections include the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, the writings of Nag Hammadi, earlypseudepigrapha, martyrologies, anti-Jewish tractates,...

Bart D. Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited more than twenty-five books, including The Bible (2013), Forgery and Counterforgery (2013), The New Testament, Fifth Edition (2012), and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Second E...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart One: General IntroductionPart Two: The Spread of Christianity: Early Christians and their Converts1. The Acts of John2. The Acts of Thomas3. Justin: Dialogue with TryphoPart Three: The Attack on Christianity: Persecution and Martyrdom in the Early Church4. Pliny's Letter to Trajan5. The Letter of Ignatius to the Romans6. The Martyrdom of Polycarp7. The Letter of the Churches of Vienne and Lyons8. The Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs9. The Martyrdom of Perpetua and FelicitasPart Four: The Defense of Christianity: Pagan Antagonists and Early Christian ApologistsPagan Assaults on Christianity10. Minucius Felix: Octavius11. Celsus12. PorphyryChristian Apologists13. Justin's First Apology14. Athenagoras: Plea Regarding the Christians15. The Letter to Diognetus16. Tertullian: Apology17. Origen: Against CelsusPart Five: Anti-Judaic Polemic: The Opposition to Jews in Early Christianity18. The Epistle of Barnabas19. Justin: Dialogue with Trypho20. Melito of Sardis: "On the Passover"21. Tertullian: Answer to the JewsPart Six: The Diversity of Early Christianity: Writings Later Deemed HereticalJewish Christian Texts22. The Gospel to the Ebionites23. The "Letter of Peter to James" and Its "Reception"24. The Homilies of ClementGnostic Christian TextsSethian Texts25. The Secret Book of John26. The First Thought in Three Forms27. The Revelation of AdamValentinian Texts28. The Gospel of Truth29. The Treatise on the Resurrection30. The Gospel of PhilipThomasine Texts31. The Hymn of the Pearl32. The Book of ThomasOther Gnostic Texts33. On the Origin of the World34. The Wisdom of Jesus ChristPart Seven: The Internal Conflicts of Christianity: Writings Against the "Heretics"Proto-Orthodox Heresiologists35. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies36. Tertullian: Prescription of the Heretics37. Tertullian: On the Flesh of Christ38. Tertullian: Against Praxeas"Gnostic" Heresiologists39. The Coptic Apocalypse of Peter40. The Second Treatise of the Great SethPart Eight: "Apostolic" Writings Outside the Canon: Early Christian ApocryphaApocryphal Gospels41. The Proto-Gospel of James42. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas43. The Gospel of Thomas44. The Gospel of Judas45. The Gospel of Peter46. The Gospel of Mary47. The Epistle of the ApostlesApocryphal Acts48. Acts of Thomas49. Acts of Peter50. Acts of Paul51. Acts of JohnApocryphal Epistles52. The Letters of Abgar and Jesus53. Paul's Third Letter to the Corinthians54. Paul's Letter to the Laodiceans55. The Correspondence Between Paul and SenecaApocryphal Apocalypses56. The Apocalypse of Peter57. The Apocalypse of Paul58. The Ascension of IsaiahPart Nine: The New Scriptures: Canonical Lists in Early Christianity59. The Muratorian Canon60. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies61. Origen of Alexandria62. Eusebius: Ecclesiastical HistoryPart Ten: Text and Meaning: The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Christianity63. Ptolemy's Letter to Flora64. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies65. Tertullian: Prescription of the Heretics and Against Marcion66. Origen: Commentary on John67. Origen: On First PrinciplesPart Eleven: The Proclamation of the Word: Homilies in Early Christianity68. Second Clement69. Origen: Homilies on Luke70. Origen: Homilies on GenesisPart Twelve: The Structure of Early Christianity: The Development of Church Offices71. First Clement72. The Didache73. The Letters of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Magnesians, and Smyrneans74. Hippolytus: The Apostolic Tradition75. The Didascalia76. Cyprian: On the Unity of the ChurchPart Thirteen: The Development of the Liturgy: Ritual Practices in Early Christianity77. The Didache78. Justin: The First Apology79. Tertullian: Apology80. Tertullian: On the Crown81. Hippolytus: The Apostolic Tradition82. The DidascaliaPart Fourteen: Women and Gender: Christianity in a Patriarchal World83. The Acts of Thecla84. The Acts of Peter85. The Gospel of the Egyptians86. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies87. Clement of Alexandria: Miscellanies88. Tertullian: On the Dress of Women89. Women Montanist ProphetsPart Fifteen: Leading the Upright Life: The Role of Ethics in Early Christianity90. The Didache91. Clement of Alexandria: "The Educator"92. Tertullian: To His WifePart Sixteen: The Emergence of Orthodoxy: Theological Writings of Proto-Orthodox Christians93. Tertullian: Against Praxeas94. Origen: On First Principles95. Novatian: On the Trinity96. Dionysius of Rome: Letter to Dionysius of Alexandria

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"I find After the New Testament to be very helpful and accessible. It is currently the best textbook available, since it offers a broad and rich selection of primary sources from early Christianity." --Charlotte Radler, Loyola Marymount University