Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader

Paperback | September 30, 2003

EditorBart D. Ehrman, Andrew S. Jacobs

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Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader collects primary sources of the early Christian world, from the last "Great Persecution" under the Emperor Diocletian to the Council of Chalcedon in the mid-fifth century. During this period Christianity rose to prominence in the RomanEmpire, developed new notions of sanctity and heresy, and spread beyond the Mediterranean world. This reader incorporates standard texts--from authors such as Athanasius, Augustine, and Eusebius--in the most recent translations and also includes less familiar texts, some of which appear in Englishtranslation for the first time. Presented in their entirety or in long excerpts, the texts are arranged thematically and cover such topics as orthodoxy, conversion, asceticism, and art and architecture. The editors provide introductions for each chapter, text, and image, situating the selectionshistorically, geographically, and intellectually. Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader highlights the ways in which religion and culture were mutually transformed during this crucial historical period. Ideal for courses in Early Christianity, Christianity in Late Antiquity, and History of Christianity, this reader is anexcellent companion to Bart D. Ehrman's After the New Testament (OUP, 1998) and an exceptional resource for scholars.

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Christianity in Late Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader collects primary sources of the early Christian world, from the last "Great Persecution" under the Emperor Diocletian to the Council of Chalcedon in the mid-fifth century. During this period Christianity rose to prominence in the RomanEmpire, developed new notions of sanctity and h...

Bart D. Ehrman is at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Andrew S. Jacobs is at University of California, Riverside.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.52 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:September 30, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceTime LineMap1. General Introduction2. The End of Persecution1. The Acts of Saint Felix2. Lactantius: The Death of the Persecutors3. Christianity and the Imperial House3. The Origin of Constantine4. Eusebius: The Life of Constantine5. Zosimus: The New History6. Julian: Letters on Religion7. Ephraim: Hymns Against Julian8. Ambrose: On the Death of TheodosiusChristianity and Roman Law9. Theodosian Code: On Religion10. The Novellas5. Becoming a ChristianConversion11. Augustine: Confessions12. Sulpicius Severus: The Life of Saint Martin13. Severus of Minorca: Letter on the Conversion of the JewsCatechesis and Initiation14. Augustine: On Catechizing the Unlearned15. John Chrysostom: Second Baptismal Instruction6. Christian Leadership16. Canons of Hippolytus17. Testament of the Lord18. Gregory of Nazianzus: On Himself and the Bishops19. Aphrahat: Demonstration 10: On Pastors7. Heresy and OrthodoxyTrinitarian Controversy20. Arius: Thalia21. Alexander of Alexandria: Letter to Alexander of Constantinople22. Arius: Letter to Alexander of Alexandria23. Gregory of Nazianzus: Third Theological OrationChristological Controversy24. Nestorius: Letter to Cyril of Alexandria25. Cyril of Alexandria: Third Letter to NestoriusThe Nature of Humanity26. Athanasius: On the Incarnation of the Word27. Jerome: Letter to Ctesiphon (Against Pelagius)The Nature of the Church28. Optatus: Against the Donatists29. Augustine: Sermon on the Dispute with the DonatistsJudaizing Heresies30. John Chrysostom: First Speech Against the Judaizers31. Epiphanius: Medicine Chest Against Heresies: The Nazoraeans8. Canons and Creeds32. Canons of Elvira33. Creed and Canons of Nicaea34. Creed and Canons of Constantinople35. Canons of Ephesus36. Definition and Canons of Chalcedon9. Asceticism and Monasticism37. Jerome: Letter to Eustochium38. Pachomian Rules39. Sayings of the Desert Fathers40. Antony: Letters41. Aphrahat: Demonstration 6: On Covenanters10. PIlgrims, Relics, and Holy Places42. Egeria: Travel Journal43. Gregory of Nyssa: Letter on Pilgrimage44. Victricius of Rouen: In Praise of the Saints45. Lucianus: On the Discovery of Saint Stephen11. Saints' Lives46. Athanasius: Life of Antony47. Theodoret: Religious History48. History of the Monks of Egypt49. The Life of Pelagia12. The Christian BibleCanon and Apocrypha50. Eusebius: Church History51. Athanasius: Easter Letter 3952. Priscillian: On Faith and Apocrypha53. Augustine: On Christian DoctrineBiblical Interpretation54. Tyconius: Book of Rules55. Diodore of Tarsus: Commentary on Psalms56. Gregory of Nyssa: Homilies on the Song of Songs13. Christian Art and Architecture57. Paulinus of Nola: Song on Felix's Church58. Christian Art in Late Antiquity14. Christianity Outside the Roman Empire59. Sozomen: Church History60. Acts of the Persian Martyrs61. Passion of Saint Shushanik