Reading the Early Church Fathers

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-01
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An overview of all mainstream early Christian documents (not including the New Testament) up through the fifth century.

Author Biography

James L. Papandrea is assistant professor of church history at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where he teaches early and medieval church history. He earned his PhD in the history and theology of the early church from Northwestern University.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
How to Read Early Christian Textsp. 2
The Church in the Roman Empirep. 7
What Do We Mean by Church?p. 7
Relations with Judaismp. 8
Relations with the Romans and the Beginning of Persecutionp. 10
The Martyr Documentsp. 15
The Apostolic Fathersp. 18
The Didachep. 18
Clement of Romep. 19
Second Clementp. 23
Ignatius of Antiochp. 24
Polycarp of Smyrnap. 27
The Martyrdom of Polycarpp. 28
Papias of Hierapolisp. 29
The Epistle of Barnabasp. 30
The Shepherd of Hermasp. 30
The Apologistsp. 33
The Apology of Aristidesp. 36
The Epistle to Diognetusp. 36
Justin Martyrp. 37
The Martyrdom of Justinp. 39
Tatianp. 40
Melito of Sardisp. 41
Athenagorasp. 41
Theophilus of Antiochp. 42
Clement of Alexandriap. 44
The Church in the Subapostolic Agep. 48
The Development of the Hierarchyp. 48
Worship and the Sacramentsp. 54
Christology and Theology in the Subapostolic Agep. 58
From Apology to Theologyp. 88
The Theologiansp. 92
Irenaeus of Lyonsp. 92
Tertullianp. 97
Hippolytusp. 105
Origenp. 111
Novatianp. 115
The New Testament Canonp. 119
Stages of Development of the New Testamentp. 120
Patristic Exegesisp. 125
The History of Patristic Exegesisp. 134
The Church in the Third-Centuryp. 139
Christology and Theology in the Third Centuryp. 139
The Episcopacy and the Emerging Primacy of Romep. 147
Persecution in the Third Centuryp. 156
The Controversy over Baptism and Rebaptismp. 168
What, Then, Is the Church?p. 172
The Church and the Empirep. 176
The Great Persecutionp. 177
The First Christian Emperorp. 179
The Arian Controversyp. 183
Unity through Standardizationp. 191
Ongoing Themesp. 200
Anthropologyp. 200
Ecclesiologyp. 207
Christologyp. 210
Soteriologyp. 219
Conclusionsp. 225
Charts and Tablesp. 229
Chart 1: The Gnostic Family Treep. 231
Table 1: Christology and Theology in the Subapostolic Agep. 232
Table 2: Assumptions of Patristic Exegesisp. 233
Table 3: The History of Patristic Exegesisp. 235
Table 4: Christology and Theology in the Third Centuryp. 237
Chart 2: Christological Options and Influencesp. 238
Table 5: Christology and Theology in the Fourth Centuryp. 239
Table 6: Christology and Theology in the Fifth Centuryp. 240
Table 7: Important Theological Concepts and Doctrinesp. 241
Appendix: The Primary Sourcesp. 243
Map of the Roman Empire with Places Mentionedp. 244
Notesp. 245
Subject Indexp. 337
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