After the New Testament: 100-300 C.E.: A Reader in Early Christianity (2nd Revised edition)

After the New Testament: 100-300 C.E.: A Reader in Early Christianity (2nd Revised edition)

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The remarkable diversity of Christianity during the formative years before the Council of Nicea has become a plain, even natural, "fact" for most ancient historians. Until After the New Testament, however, there had never been a sourcebook of primary texts that revealed the many varieties of Christian beliefs, practices, ethics, experiences, confrontations, and self-understandings. To help readers recognize and experience the rich diversity of the early Christian movement, After the New Testament, Second Edition, provides a wide range of texts from the second and third centuries, both "orthodox" and "heterodox," including such works as the Apostolic Fathers, the writings of Nag Hammadi, early pseudepigrapha, martyrologies, anti-Jewish tractates, heresiologies, canon lists, church orders, liturgical texts, and theological treatises. Rather than providing only fragments of texts, this collection prints large excerpts-entire documents wherever possible-organized under social and historical rubrics. This unique reader's concise and informative introductions and clear and up-to-date English translations make it ideal for courses on Early Christianity, Christian Origins, or Early Church History. It will also appeal to anyone-student, scholar, and general reader alike-interested in the entire range of early Christian literature from the period after the New Testament up to the writings of the so-called father of church history, Eusebius. The Second Edition includes new and updated translations as well as considerable additions to the roster of sources, including excerpts from the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Judas, and the correspondence between Jesus and Abgar. The book also includes two brand-new rubrics of texts, one focusing on the method and practice of interpreting scripture, and the other focusing on women and gender in early Christianity.

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Bart D. Ehrman is James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published numerous books and articles on the literature and history of early Christianity, including The Bible (OUP 2014), The New Testament, Fifth Edition (OUP 2011), The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot (OUP 2006), Christianity in Late Antiquity (OUP 2004), and Lost Christianities (OUP 2003).

Contents

1) General Introduction ; 2) The Spread of Christianity: Early Christians and their Converts ; 1. The Acts of John ; 2. The Acts of Thomas ; 3. Justin: Dialogue with Trypho ; 3) The Attack on Christianity: Persecution and Martyrdom in the Early Church ; 4. Pliny's Letter to Trajan ; 5. The Letter of Ignatius to the Romans ; 6. The Martyrdom of Polycarp ; 7. The Letter of the Churches of Vienne and Lyons ; 8. The Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs ; 9. The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas ; 4) The Defense of Christianity: Pagan Antagonists and Early Christian Apologists ; Pagan Antagonists ; 10. Minucius Felix: Octavius ; 11. Celsus ; 12. Porphyry ; Christian Apologists ; 13. Justin: First Apology ; 14. Athenagoras: Plea Regarding the Christians ; 15. The Letter to Diognetus ; 16. Tertullian: Apology ; 17. Origen: Against Celsus ; 5) Anti-Judaic Polemic: The Opposition to Jews in Early Christianity ; 18. The Epistle of Barnabas ; 19. Justin: Dialogue with T rypo ; 20. Melito of Sardis: On the Passover ; 21. Tertullian: Answer to the Jews ; 6) The Diversity of Early Christianity: Writings Later Deemed Heretical or Sectarian ; Jewish-Christian Texts ; 22. The Gospel According I o the Ebionites ; 23. The Letter of Peter to J ames and Its Reception ; 24. The Homilies of Clement ; Gnostic-Christian Texts ; Sethian Texts ; 25. The Secret Book of John ; 26. The First Thought in Three Forms ; 27. The Apocalypse of Adam ; Valentinian Texts ; 28. The Gospel of Truth ; 29. The Treatise on the Resurrection ; 30. The Gospel of Philip ; Thomasine Texts ; 31. The Hymn of the Pearl ; 32. The Book of Thomas ; Other Gnostic Texts ; 33. On the Origin of the World ; 34. The Wisdom of Jesus Christ ; 7) The Internal Conflicts of Christianity: Writings Against the "Heretics ; Proto-Orthodox Heresiologists ; 35. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies ; 36. Tertullian: Prescription of the Heretics ; 37. Tertullian: On the Flesh ; 38. Tertullian: Against Praxeas ; "Gnostic" Heresiologists ; 39. The Coptic Apocalypse of Peter ; 40. The Second Treatise of the Great Seth ; 8) Apostolic Writings Outside the Canon: New Testament Apocrypha ; Apocryphal Gospels ; 41. The Proto-Gospel of James ; 42. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas ; 43. The Gospel of Thomas ; 44. The Gospel of Judas ; 45. The Gospel of Peter ; 46. The Gospel of Mary ; 47. The Epistle of the Apostles ; Apocryphal Acts ; 48. Acts of Thomas ; 49. Acts of Peter ; 50. Acts of Paul ; 51. Acts of John ; Apocryphal Epistles ; 52. The Letters of King Abgar and Jesus ; 53. Paul's Third Letter to the Corinthians ; 54. Paul's Letter to the Laodiceans ; 55. The Correspondence Between Paul and Seneca ; Apocryphal Apocalypses ; 56. The Apocalypse of Peter ; 57. The Apocalypse of Paul ; 58. Ascension of Isaiah ; 9) The New Scriptures: Canonical Lists in Early Christianity ; 59. The Muratorian Canon ; 60. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies ; 61. Origen of Alexandria ; 62. Eusebius: Ecclesiastical History ; 10) The Interpretation of Scripture: The Use of the Bible in the Early Church ; 63. Ptolemy's Letter to Fl1ra ; 64. Irenaeus: Against the heresies ; 65. Tertullian: Prescription of the Heretics and Against Marcion ; 66. Origen: Commentary on John ; 67. Origen: On First Principles ; 11) The Proclamation of the Word: Homilies in Early Christianity ; 68. Second Clement ; 69. Origen: Homilies on Luke ; 70. Origen: Homilies on Genesis ; 12) The Structure of Early Christianity: The Development of Church Offices ; 71. First Clement ; 72. The Didache ; 73. The Letters of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Magnesians, and Smyrneans ; 74. Hippolytus: The Apostolic Tradition ; 75. The Didascalia ; 76. Cyprian: On the Unity of the Catholic Church ; 13) The Development of the Liturgy: Ritual Practices in Early Christianity ; 77. The Didache ; 78. Justin: First Apology ; 79. Tertullian: Apology ; 80. Tertullian: On the Crown ; 81. Hippolytus: The Apostolic Tradition ; 82. The Didascalia ; 14) Women and Gender: Christianity in a Patriarchal World ; 83. The Acts of Thecla ; 84. The Acts of Peter ; 85. The Gospel of the Egyptians ; 86. Irenaeus: Against the Heresies ; 87. Clement of Alexandria: Miscellanies ; 88. Tertullian: On the Dress of Women ; 89. Women Montanist Prophets ; 15) Leading the Upright Life: The Role of Ethics in Early Christianity ; 90. The Didache ; 91. Clement of Alexandria: The Educator ; 92. Tertullian: To His Wife ; 16) The Emergence of Orthodoxy: Theological Writings of Proto-Orthodox Christians ; 93. Tertullian: Against Praxeas ; 94. Origen: On First Principles ; 95. Novatian: On the Trinity ; 96. Dionysius of Rome: Letter to Dionysius of Alexandria

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  • publication date: 15/01/2015
  • ISBN13: 9780195398922
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 576
  • ID: 9780195398922
  • weight: 994
  • ISBN10: 0195398920
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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