An introduction to the history of the early church. Originally published in four volumes. this edition consists of two paperback volumes, each containing two of the original volumes. Professor Lietzmann charts the history of Christianity from its founding to the beginning of monasticism in the fourth century AD. The first volume of this edition includes "The Beginning of the Christian Church" and "The Founding of the Church Universal". It covers the period from the ministry of John The Baptist to the death of Origen. There are enlightening character studies of such figures as Tertullian and Origen, and chapters on the principal problems confronting the early church. In the second volume. "From Constantine to Julian" and "The Era of the Church Fathers", Professor Lietzmann recounts the period in which the Church emerged from the persecution under Diocletian to the comparative security under Constantine. There is treatment of the Arian controversy, the dramatic encounters between Ambrose and the Emperor Theadosius I. accounts of the formative influences in Eastern Orthodoxy, and a concluding chapter on the origins of monasticism. The bibliography has been updated by Professor W.H.C.
Frend, who has also written a new introduction.
Professor Hans Leitzmann was born in Dusseldorf in 1875. Despite an early aptitude for science, he turned to the study of classics and theology. He became Germany's premier authority in the field of patristics, being elected Chair of New Testament and Christian Archaeology at Berlin University in 1923. An internationally recognised scholar, he wrote and published prolifically in the fields of classics, philology, theology and Church history, often at the expense of his health. He began work on his monumental History of the Early Church in 1928, and the final volume was completed from his manuscripts after his death in 1942.
Volume 1 Foreword by W.H.C. Frend Part I: The Beginnings of the Christian Church 1. Palestine and the Roman Empire 2. Judaism in Palestine 3. John the Baptist 4. Jesus 5. The First Church 6. The Jewish Diaspora 7. Paul 8. The Christian Missionary Churches 9. The Roman Empire and its Religious Life 10. The Fate of Jewish Christianity 11. The Sub-Apostolic Period 12. John 13. Ignatius 14. Marcion 15. Gnosticism Part II: The Founding of the Church Universal 1. The World Empire of Rome in the Second and Third Centuries 2. The Church 3. The New Testament 4. Theology and the Rule of Faith 5. Worship 6. Christianity face to Face with the World 7. The Apologists 8. Asia Minor and the Montanist Movement 9. Gaul 10. Africa 11. Rome 12. Syria and Beyond 13. Egypt Volume 2 Part III: From Constantine to Julian 1. Downfall and Reconstruction of the Empire 2. The Final Victory of the Christian Church 3. The Donatist Controversy 4. The Arian Controversy to the Death of Constantine 5. Constantine 6. The Spirit of the Age of Constantine 7. Constantine's Successors 8. Constantius as Sole Emperor 9. The Spirit of the Age Following Constantine 10. Julian 11. Worship Part IV: The Era of the Church Fathers 1. Jovian, Valentinian, and Valens 2. Theodosius I and the End of the Arian Controversy 3. The Western Church under Valentinian I and Gratian 4. Ambrose and Theodosius 5. Popular Christianity in the Fourth Century 6. Monasticism Chronological Table Bibliography Index