Church History ,Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context

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Zondervan, Aug 30, 2009 - Religion - 544 pages
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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. Volume One Content Overview 1. The Setting for the Story’s Beginning 2. Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church 3. The Subapostolic Age 4. The Church and the Empire 5. Heresies and Schisms of the Second Century 6. The Defense Against Rival Interpretations 7. The Fathers of the Old Catholic Church and Their Problems 8. Church Life in the Second and Third Centuries 9. Development of the Church During the Third Century 10. Diocletian and Constantine: On the Threshold of the Fourth Century 11. The Church in the Fourth Century: Doctrine, Organization, and Literature 12. The Church in the Fourth and Early Fifth Centuries: Monasticism, Expansion, Life, and Worship 13. Christological Controversies to Chalcedon 14. Augustine, Pelagius, and Semipelagianism 15. Transitions to the Middle Ages: Germanic Migrations, Doctrinal Developments, and the Papacy 16. Eastern and Western Churches in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries 17. The Eastern Church from the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries 18. The Western Church from the Seventh to Ninth Centuries 19. Decline and Renewal of Vitality in the West: The Ninth to Eleventh Centuries 20. The Papal Reform Movement and the First Crusade 21. Intellectual Revival: The Rise of Scholasticism 22. Monastic, Literary, Political, and Cultural Activities in the Twelfth Centuries 23. The Glory of the Western Medieval Church: The Thirteenth Century 24. Portents of Decline

  

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Sets a new standard for accessible scholarship. - Goodreads
An excellent overview of the Church up until 1500. - Goodreads
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A good place to get one's feet wet in Church History. It's not the most readable book, but is helpful for introductory Undergrads/laypersons. Would not recommend for graduate use, even if using as a introductory text. Read full review

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Zondervan has released a two volume set of textbooks covering church history. They come in at around 1300 pages total and they look to be a great resource for students of all sorts. These books are ... Read full review

Contents

Maps Charts and Illustrations
Preface
The Setting for the Storys Beginning
Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church
The Subapostolic
The Church and the Empire
Heresies and Schisms in the Second Century
The Defense against Rival Interpretations
Doctrine Organization and Literature
Monasticism Expansion Life and Worship
Christological Controversies to Chalcedon 451
Augustine Pelagius and Semipelagianism
Germanic Migrations Doctrinal Developments and the Papacy
Eastern and Western Churches in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries
The Eastern Church from the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries
The Western Church from the Seventh to Ninth Centuries

The Fathers of the Old Catholic Church and Their Problems
Church Life in the Second and Third Centuries
Development of the Church during the Third Century
On the Threshold of the Fourth Century
The Ninth to Eleventh Centuries
Century
General Bibliography
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Everett Ferguson (PhD, Harvard) is professor emeritus of Bible and distinguished scholar-in-residence at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he taught church history and Greek. He is the author of numerous works, including Backgrounds of Early Christianity, Early Christians Speak, and Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries. He was also general editor of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.

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