The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

Paperback | December 1, 2010

EditorSusan Ashbrook Harvey, David G. Hunter

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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 thevast 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 varioussub-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. Eachessay points the reader towards relevant forms of extant evidence (texts, documents, or examples of material culture), 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.

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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 thevast geographical area impacted by the early ch...

Susan Ashbrook Harvey is Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University, Providence, RI. David G. Hunter is Cottrill-Rolfes Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1148 pagesPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Prolegomena1. Elizabeth A. Clark: From Patristics to Early Christian Studies2. Mark Vessey: Literature, Patristics, Early Christian Writing3. Karen L. King: Which Early Christianity?Part Two: Evidence: Material and Textual4. Mark Humphries: Material Evidence (1): Archaeology5. Robin M. Jensen: Material Evidence (2): Visual Culture6. William Tabbernee: Epigraphy7. Ralph W. Mathiesen: Paleography and CodicologyPart Three: Identities8. Andrew S. Jacobs: Jews and Christians9. Michele R. Salzman: Pagans and Christians10. Antti Marjanen: 'Gnosticism'11. Samuel N.C. Lieu: Manichaeism12. J. Rebecca Lyman: Arius and Arians13. Mathijs Lamberigts: Pelagius and PelagiansPart Four: Regions14. Mark Humphries: The West (1): Italy, Gaul, and Spain15. Eric Rebillard: The West (2): North Africa16. Raymond Van Dam: The East (1): Greece and Asia Minor17. David Brakke: The East (2): Egypt and Palestine18. Lucas Van Rompay: The East (3): Syria and MesopotamiaPart Five: Structures and Authorities19. Karen Jo Torjesen: Clergy and Laity20. Michael W. Holmes: The Biblical Canon21. Everett Ferguson: Creeds, Councils, and Canons22. Harold A. Drake: Church and Empire23. Ross Shepherd Kraemer: Women and Gender24. J. William Harmless, S.J.: Monastic LifePart Six: Expressions of Christian Culture25. Stephen J. Shoemaker: Early Christian Apocryphal Literature26. Mark Edwards: Apologetics27. Wendy Mayer: Homiletics28. William Adler: Early Christian Historiography29. Susan Ashbrook Harvey: Martyr Passions and Hagiography30. Michael J. Roberts: Poetry and Hymnography (1): Christian Latin Poetry31. John A. McGuckin: Poetry and Hymnography (2): The Greek World32. Sebastian P. Brock: Poetry and Hymnography (3): Syriac33. Hubertus R. Drobner: Christian PhilosophyPart Seven: Ritual, Piety, and Practice34. Maxwell E. Johnson: Christian Initiation35. Daniel Sheerin: Eucharistic Liturgy36. Columba Stewart, O.S.B.: Prayer37. Rebecca Krawiec: Asceticism38. Allan D. Fitzgerald, O.S.A: Penance39. Richard M. Price: Martyrdom and the Cult of the Saints40. Georgia Frank: PilgrimagePart Eight: Theological Themes41. Frances M. Young: Interpretation of Scripture42. Lewis Ayres and Andrew Radde-Gallwitz: Doctrine of God43. Brian E. Daley, S.J.: Christ and Christologies44. Paul Blowers: Doctrine of Creation45. Francine Cardman: Early Christian Ethics46. Joseph F. Kelly and Jeanne-Nicole Saint-Laurent: Instrumenta Studiorum: Tools of the TradeIndex of Biblical CitationsIndex of General SubjectsIndex of Persons (Ancient and Modern)

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"...this book is a treasure trove. The editors have assembled an impressive bench of contributors and they tackle a staggering array of subjects...This hefty and wonderful volume reminds us just how preposterous an unnecessarily adamantine view of Christianity is and ever war." --Jonathan Wright, Catholic Herald 23/02/2009