Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Backgrounds of Early Christianity

New to this expanded & updated edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, & a fresh dicussion of first century social life, the Dead Sea Scrolls & much else.

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802822215

Category: History

Page: 648

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New to this expanded & updated edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, & a fresh dicussion of first century social life, the Dead Sea Scrolls & much else.
Categories: History

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Second Edition

Encyclopedia of Early Christianity  Second Edition

First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136611582

Category: Religion

Page: 1252

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First published in 1990. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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The Greco Roman World of the New Testament Era

The Greco Roman World of the New Testament Era

In The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era James Jeffers provides an informative and scenic tour of daily life during the time of Jesus and the apostles.

Author: James S. Jeffers

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830878024

Category: Religion

Page: 352

View: 793

What was life like for first-century Christians? Imagine a modest-sized Roman home of a well-to-do Christian household wedged into a thickly settled quarter of Corinth. In the lingering light of a summer evening, men, women and children, merchants, working poor and slaves, a mix of races and backgrounds have assembled in the dimly lit main room are are spilling into the central courtyard. This odd assortment of gathered believers—some thirty in number—are attentive as the newly arrived and travel-weary emissary from Paul reads from the papyrus scroll he has brought from their apostolic mentor. But if you were to be transported to this scene you would perhaps be overwhelmed by a flood of unexpected difference. The voice of the reader recedes as through open windows the din and clamor of the city assault your ears. Hooves clunk and cart wheels grind and echo from the street while drivers shout, vendors call and neighbors gather and converse. And later, as you accompany a family through darkened and dangerous streets to their third-story tenement apartment, you might try to mask your shock at the cramped and unsafe conditions. In The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era James Jeffers provides an informative and scenic tour of daily life during the time of Jesus and the apostles. He affords "you-are-there" glimpses of everything from legal codes to dinner foods, from social hierarchy to apartment living, from education to family dynamics. His eye-opening book will advance your understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity and enrich your reading and application of the Bible.
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Baptism in the Early Church

Baptism in the Early Church

A comprehensive survey of the doctrine and practice of baptism in the first five centuries of Christian history, arranged geographically within chronological periods.

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802827487

Category: Religion

Page: 953

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This magisterial volume is a comprehensive survey of the doctrine and practice of baptism in the first five centuries of Christian history, arranged geographically within chronological periods. Baptism in the Early Church covers the antecedents to Christian baptism and traces the history of Christian doctrine and practice from the New Testament through the writings of the church fathers of the fourth and fifth centuries. The book deals primarily with the literary sources, though it also gives attention to depictions of baptism (primarily of Jesus) in various art forms and to the surviving baptismal fonts.Ferguson's thorough study points to the central importance of baptism in the early church. Many blessings were attributed to baptism, but the two earliest and most consistently mentioned are forgiveness of sins and the reception of the Holy Spirit; faith and repentance were necessary in order to receive these benefits. Jewish immersion rites, the practice of John the Baptist, the meaning of the words used for baptism, the literary descriptions, and the material remains argue that full immersion was the normal practice, and the evidence from art is consistent with this interpretation.Containing nearly everything currently known about the early Christian ritual of baptism, with extensive citations to the primary and secondary literature, Ferguson's Baptism in the Early Church is destined to be a standard reference work."
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The Early Church at Work and Worship Volume 3

The Early Church at Work and Worship   Volume 3

This is the third volume of Ferguson's collected essays, and includes some of his most memorable work, especially on "laying on of hands."

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781608993666

Category: Religion

Page: 410

View: 715

This is the third volume of Ferguson's collected essays, and includes some of his most memorable work, especially on "laying on of hands."
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Early Christians Speak Vol 1 3rd Ed

Early Christians Speak  Vol  1 3rd Ed

These studies in early church history cover various aspects of the church life of early Christians.

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: ACU Press

ISBN: 9780891128427

Category: Religion

Page: 268

View: 989

These studies in early church history cover various aspects of the church life of early Christians. They focus on the second century. What did the second century Christian leaders say about faith, baptism, infant baptism, worship services, the Lord's Supper, prayer, singing, church organization, mercy and the role of women? New Testament texts bearing on the topic are listed at the beginning of each chapter. We are talking about the same community of people, the same church, as existed in the New Testament. Such writings have an important bearing on the interpretation of the Scriptures.
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The Early Church at Work and Worship

The Early Church at Work and Worship

Many recognise Everett Ferguson as the definitive voice on early Christianity, patristic writing and ecclesiology. The Early Church at Work and Worship is a challenging collection, broad in scope and formidable in depth.

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: James Clarke & Co

ISBN: 9780227903742

Category: Religion

Page: 354

View: 734

Many recognise Everett Ferguson as the definitive voice on early Christianity, patristic writing and ecclesiology. The Early Church at Work and Worship is a challenging collection, broad in scope and formidable in depth.
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Early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism

Early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism

These studies break new ground in the exploration of early Christianity and Judaism towards the end of the Second Temple period.Professor Borgen introduces fresh perspectives on many central issues in the complexity of Judaism both within ...

Author: Peder Borgen

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567086267

Category: Religion

Page: 376

View: 240

These studies break new ground in the exploration of early Christianity and Judaism towards the end of the Second Temple period.Professor Borgen introduces fresh perspectives on many central issues in the complexity of Judaism both within Palestine and in the Diaspora. He also examines the variety of tendencies which existed within Christianity as it emerged within Judaism and spread out into other nations.An invaluable study for all scholars, teachers and students of the New Testament in general and of Judaica, Classics and Hellenism>
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Light from the Gentiles Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity

Light from the Gentiles  Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity

It appeared to me manifestly wrong to use the non-Christian material as a quarry
to be mined in order to adorn some ... Backgrounds: Selected Documents (1957),
and Everett Ferguson's magisterial Backgrounds of Early Christianity in ...

Author: Carl R. Holladay

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004256521

Category: Religion

Page: 1024

View: 306

In these fifty-three essays spanning over fifty years Abraham J. Malherbe illustrates how a critically informed appreciation of Graeco-Roman literary traditions such as Hellenistic moral philosophy and Middle Platonism can enrich our understanding of Paul, Athenagoras, and other early Christian writings.
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Early Christianity

Early Christianity

See Ferguson, Backgrounds, 403; on this point he follows Hengel's
groundbreaking work on Judaism and Hellenism. See further, G. Vallée, The
Shaping of Christianity, 42. On “Hellenization,” see also notes 4, 6, 14 and 19
above.

Author: Wendy Elgersma Helleman

Publisher: Langham Publishing

ISBN: 9781783685691

Category: Religion

Page: 534

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Designed as an undergraduate textbook, and shaped by needs of both Muslim and Christian students across Africa, this resource provides a thorough introduction to the history, theology and teaching of early Christianity. Professors Helleman and Gaiya follow Christianity from its inception in Jerusalem through to the decline of the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean and the development of Orthodox churches in the East and in Africa before the arrival of Islam. The book provides an overview of critical historical events, controversies, teaching, and important individuals and movements providing foundational understanding of early developments in Christianity and the general history of antiquity. Students and lecturers will also appreciate the attention given to the role of North African leaders in early Christianity and the impact of major issues on the North African church, such as Gnosticism, Donatism and Arianism. Additional Features: • Introduction to online tools & resources •Survey of the study of early Christianity • Introduction to key historians • Evaluation of recent literature & early Christianity
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Church History Volume One From Christ to the Pre Reformation

Church History  Volume One  From Christ to the Pre Reformation

Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed.

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 9780310516576

Category: Religion

Page: 544

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Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed. It did so, not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. Church History looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church. Volume One explores the development of the church from the days of Jesus to the years prior to the Reformation. Filled with maps, charts, and illustrations, it offers overviews of the Roman, Greek, and Jewish worlds; insights into the church’s relationship to the Roman Empire, with glimpses into pagan attitudes toward Christians; the place of art and architecture, literature and philosophy, both sacred and secular; and much more, spanning the time from the first through the thirteenth centuries.
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Early Christianity and Classical Culture

Early Christianity and Classical Culture

of using the rabbinic materials to talk about the “backgrounds” to the New
Testament, we ought to be using the growth of the early Christian movement as a
background” to the rabbis.” From Parallels to Backgrounds This discussion
reflects ...

Author: John Fitzgerald

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047402190

Category: Religion

Page: 762

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This volume contains 28 essays in honor of Abraham J. Malherbe, whose work has been especially influential in exploring modes of cultural interaction between early Jews and Christians and their Graeco-Roman neighbors.
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Inheriting Wisdom

Inheriting Wisdom

In study, reflection, or devotional reading, use this book to look through their eyes at our issues -- and, perhaps, find a deepened and sharpened awareness of what it means to choose the Christian life.

Author: Everett Ferguson

Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers

ISBN: 9781565633544

Category: Religion

Page: 319

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So many concerns of today's world require nuanced consideration and a sensitive response. Yet human nature and spiritual need remain remarkably constant. Practical, moral, and spiritual struggles are not peculiar to modern life. Early Christians looked at all things through the lens of God and Christ, including those that today we would consider secular in nature, as the wide range of subjects these writers addressed clearly demonstrates. The words of Christian writers such as Tertullian, Jerome, John Chrysostom, Basil of Caesarea, and Clement of Alexandria are organized around familiar, everyday themes. In study, reflection, or devotional reading, use this book to look through their eyes at our issues -- and, perhaps, find a deepened and sharpened awareness of what it means to choose the Christian life. Introduced, organized, and translated by Everett Ferguson, these quotes are arranged to allow the ancient authors to speak for themselves. Inheriting Wisdom will refresh modern readers with the rich resources of early Christianity and provide direction and guidance for the twenty-first century.
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Redemptive Almsgiving in Early Christianity

Redemptive Almsgiving in Early Christianity

Chapter 2 THE GRAECO-ROMAN BACKGROUND OF REDEMPTIVE
ALMSGIVING It is commonplace to regard early Christianity as a deviation from, if
not simply a sect of, Judaism in the first two centuries of the Common Era. The
Hebrew ...

Author: Roman Garrison

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474230643

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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In the light of the New Testament's conviction that Jesus Christ died for sins, and that the Cross is a 'once for all' act that makes the Temple cult unnecessary, this challenging work probes the reasons for the emerging doctrine of redemptive almsgiving in early Christianity. Do the New Testament writers themselves (even Jesus!) implicitly endorse the view that a 'supplementary' or alternative means of atonement is necessary? What is the background of this theme in Graeco-Roman sources and in the Hebrew Bible? What are the principal texts in early Christian literature that advocate almsgiving as a 'ransom' for sin? These questions firmly govern this investigation of the social and theological forces that gave legitimacy to a doctrine that at first appears to contradict the primary New Testament soteriology, namely that the death of Jesus Christ is the exclusive means of redemption from sin.
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Augustus to Constantine

Augustus to Constantine

U. THE HELLENISTIC BACKGROUND ( See also Chapter I ) R. Doran, Birth of a
World-View: Early Christianity in Its Jewish and Pagan Context. Boulder. Colo., □
995- E. Ferguson, Backgrounds of Early Christianity. Ed. 3, Grand Rapids, 2003 ...

Author: Robert McQueen Grant

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664227724

Category: Religion

Page: 350

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This masterful study of the early centuries of Christianity vividly brings to life the religious, political, and cultural developments through which the faith that began as a sect within Judaism became finally the religion of the Roman empire. First published in 1970, Grant's classic is enhanced with a new foreward by Margaret M. Mitchell, which assesses its importance and puts the reader in touch with the advances of current research.
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Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity

Deacons and Diakonia in Early Christianity

La 4e de couverture indique : "In this volume, scholars from a variety of backgrounds examine the role of deacons in the early church.

Author: Bart J. Koet

Publisher:

ISBN: 3161566475

Category:

Page: 327

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Christianity in the Later Roman Empire A Sourcebook

Christianity in the Later Roman Empire  A Sourcebook

Where did Christianity stand within the Roman empire at the end of the third
century? Despite ... The Early Christian World, 2 volumes (London 2000) E.
Ferguson, Backgrounds of Early Christianity, 3rd edition (Grand Rapids 2003)
R. M. Grant, ...

Author: David M. Gwynn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441137357

Category: Religion

Page: 328

View: 609

This sourcebook gathers into a single collection the writings that illuminate one of the most fundamental periods in the history of Christian Europe. Beginning from the Great Persecution of Diocletian and the conversion of Constantine the first Christian Roman emperor, the volume explores Christianity's rise as the dominant religion of the Later Roman empire and how the Church survived the decline and fall of Roman power in the west and converted the Germanic tribes who swept into the western empire. These years of crisis and transformation inspired generations of great writers, among them Eusebius of Caesarea, Ammianus Marcellinus, Julian 'the Apostate', Ambrose of Milan, John Chrysostom, Jerome and Augustine of Hippo. They were also years which saw Christianity face huge challenges on many crucial questions, from the evolution of Christian doctrine and the rise of asceticism to the place of women in the early Church and the emerging relationship between Church and state. All these themes will be made accessible to specialists and general readers alike, and the sourcebook will be invaluable for students and teachers of courses in history and church history, the world of late antiquity, and religious studies.
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Encountering the New Testament Encountering Biblical Studies

Encountering the New Testament  Encountering Biblical Studies

Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary. 4 vols ... A historian
reviews the sources and developments leading to the existence of early
Christianity. ... Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient
Ways of Life.

Author: Walter A. Elwell

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441244765

Category: Religion

Page: 448

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Studying the New Testament can be an exciting--and intimidating--experience. This readable survey is designed to make the adventure less daunting and more rewarding. Two experienced classroom teachers offer a new edition of their bestselling and award-winning textbook, now with updated content and a new interior design. Other distinguishing features include: • abundant images, maps, and charts--all in full color • sidebars that address ethical and theological concerns and provide primary source material • focus boxes isolating key issues • chapter outlines, learning objectives, and summaries • study questions Students of the New Testament will find this introductory text both informative and engaging. An accompanying website through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources offers a wide array of resources for students and professors. Resources for students include flash cards, self quizzes, and introductory videos. Resources for professors include discussion questions, suggestions for class activities, PowerPoint slides, an instructor's manual, and a test bank.
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Jesus Outside the New Testament

Jesus Outside the New Testament

Presents evidence and information, aside from the Christian scriptures, on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Features excerpts in Roman correspondence and the early Christian writings known as the "New Testament Apocrypha.".

Author: Robert Van Voorst

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802843689

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Presents evidence and information, aside from the Christian scriptures, on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. Features excerpts in Roman correspondence and the early Christian writings known as the "New Testament Apocrypha.".
Categories: Religion