Rise of Christianity, The: History, Documents, and Key Questions

Editor/Author Kaatz, Kevin W.
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Single-User Purchase Price: $63.00
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ISBN: 978-1-61-069807-8
Category: Religion & Theology - Christianity
Book Status: Available
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The breadth of materials in this resource enables readers to learn about early Christianity from a number of different viewpoints and to come to their own conclusions about how historical events unfolded in early Christianity. This work focuses on the first four centuries of early Christianity, including topics on Jerusalem, Herod the Great, Paul, Tertullian, Mani, The Arians, Constantine the Great, and many others.

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Table of Contents

  • Topical List of Entries
  • How to Use This Book
  • Preface
  • Timeline
  • Historical Overview
  • The Rise of Christianity: A–Z
  • A
  • AMBROSE
  • APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION
  • ARIANS
  • ASCETICISM
  • ATHANASIUS
  • AUGUSTINE
  • C
  • CATACOMBS
  • CHRISTOLOGY
  • EARLY CHRISTOLOGY
  • LATER CHRISTOLOGY
  • CONSTANTINE I
  • COUNCIL OF NICEA
  • D
  • DATING
  • THE DECIAN PERSECUTION
  • DIOCLETIAN
  • THE DONATISTS
  • E
  • EARLIEST FRAGMENT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • ECCLESIOLOGY
  • EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA
  • EUSEBIUS OF NICOMEDIA
  • F
  • THE FORMATION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • G
  • THE GREAT FIRE OF ROME
  • H
  • HEROD THE GREAT
  • I
  • IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH
  • J
  • JEROME
  • JERUSALEM
  • JESUS
  • A PREACHER/TEACHER
  • A MIRACLE WORKER
  • A HEALER
  • JUDAISM
  • THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY
  • THE SPREADING OF JUDAISM THROUGHOUT THE MEDITERRANEAN
  • HELLENIZATION
  • THE MACCABEAN REVOLT
  • THE COMING OF THE ROMANS
  • THE ANTI-JEWISH MOVEMENT WITHIN ANCIENT CHRISTIANITY
  • JULIAN
  • M
  • MANI, THE FOUNDER OF MANICHAEISM
  • MANICHAEANS
  • MARCION
  • N
  • NAG HAMMADI COLLECTION
  • O
  • THE OLD TESTAMENT
  • P
  • PAUL
  • PERSECUTION IN THE FIRST CENTURY
  • PHARISEES
  • THE PILATE INSCRIPTION
  • POLYCARP OF SMYRNA
  • PUBLIC DEBATES
  • Q
  • QUMRAN
  • S
  • SADDUCEES
  • T
  • TERTULLIAN
  • W
  • WOMEN IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY
  • Primary Source Documents
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • Clement of Rome, First Letter to the Corinthians 45–49
  • Matthew 1:15–4:25
  • Ignatius, Letter to the Magnesians, Introduction
  • Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book 3, Chapters 1–3
  • Tertullian, On Baptism, Chapters 18, 19, and 20
  • Cyprian, On the Unity of the Church
  • Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Book 8, Chapters 2–6 (On the Persecution of Emperor Diocletian)
  • Origen, Against Celcus, Book 1, Chapters I–III
  • Ambrose, Letter 17 to Emperor Valentinian II
  • Augustine, Confessions, Book 1:9:14–1:11:18
  • Eusebius of Caesarea, Life of Constantine, Book 1, Chapters 1–7
  • Key Questions
  • Question 1: Why Were Christians Persecuted?
  • Question 2: How Did Christianity Spread?
  • Question 3: Why Was Christianity Popular?
  • Select Annotated Bibliography
  • About the Author and Contributors