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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

ISBN : 9780199596522

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Author: 
Susan Ashbrook Harvey; David G. Hunter
Pages
1048 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
174 x 244 mm
Pub date
Nov 2010
Series
Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology
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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 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 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.

Index: 

Introduction
PART ONE: PROLEGOMENA
1. From Patristics to Early Christian Studies
2. Literature, Patristics, Early Christian Writing
3. Which Early Christianity?
PART TWO: EVIDENCE: MATERIAL AND TEXTUAL
4. Material Evidence (1): Archaeology
5. Material Evidence (2): Visual Culture
6. Epigraphy
7. Paleography and Codicology
PART THREE: IDENTITIES
8. Jews and Christians
9. Pagans and Christians
10. 'Gnosticism'
11. Manichaeism
12. Arius and Arians
13. Pelagius and Pelagians
PART FOUR: REGIONS
14. The West (1): Italy, Gaul, and Spain
15. The West (2): North Africa
16. The East (1): Greece and Asia Minor
17. The East (2): Egypt and Palestine
18. The East (3): Syria and Mesopotamia
PART FIVE: STRUCTURES AND AUTHORITIES
19. Clergy and Laity
20. The Biblical Canon
21. Creeds, Councils, and Canons
22. Church and Empire
23. Women and Gender
24. Monastic Life
PART SIX: EXPRESSIONS OF CHRISTIAN CULTURE
25. Early Christian Apocryphal Literature
26. Apologetics
27. Homiletics
28. Early Christian Historiography
29. Martyr Passions and Hagiography
30. Poetry and Hymnography (1): Christian Latin Poetry
31. Poetry and Hymnography (2): The Greek World
32. Poetry and Hymnography (3): Syriac
33. Christian Philosophy
PART SEVEN: RITUAL, PIETY, AND PRACTICE
34. Christian Initiation
35. Eucharistic Liturgy
36. Prayer
37. Asceticism
38. Penance
39. Martyrdom and the Cult of the Saints
40. Pilgrimage
PART EIGHT: THEOLOGICAL THEMES
41. Interpretation of Scripture
42. Doctrine of God
43. Christ and Christologies
44. Doctrine of Creation
45. Early Christian Ethics
46. Instrumenta Studiorum: Tools of the Trade
Index of Biblical Citations
Index of General Subjects
Index of Persons (Ancient and Modern)

About the author: 

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

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