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Let the Little Children Come to Me - Childhood and Children in Early Christianity (Paperback): Cornelia B. Horn, John W. Martens Let the Little Children Come to Me - Childhood and Children in Early Christianity (Paperback)
Cornelia B. Horn, John W. Martens
R1,392 R1,239 Discovery Miles 12 390 Save R153 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Although Jesus called on his first followers to welcome children in his name and to become like children, the lives of the first Christian children have remained in the shadows. This book explores the hidden lives of children at the origins of Christianity. It draws on insights gained from comparisons of children's experiences in ancient Judaism and the Graeco-Roman world. The authors also engage a vast body of early Christian literature, extending from the New Testament to sermons, letters, theological treatises, poetry, pedagogical manuals, and historiography in Greek, Latin, Syriac, and other languages of the early Christian world. The guiding question of the book focuses on how Christianity changed the lives of children in the ancient world. Some of the other questions examined by the authors include: Did boys and girls both receive a formal education? Were Christian children slaves? How did they participate in manual labor? What kinds of games did children play? How did children become a part of the Christian church? This book breaks new ground in the study of early Christianity by examining the challenges to Christian childhood in the first centuries of the Church. The authors look at the violence perpetrated against children, and they consider the effects and opportunities arising from Christians' experiences of martyrdom and from the increased Christian interest in various forms of asceticism, including celibacy. The book brings into the open the lives of early Christian children and throws much needed light on what has been a largely neglected area of study in early Christianity.

The Epistles of St Symeon the New Theologian (Hardcover, Annotated Ed): H.J.M. Turner The Epistles of St Symeon the New Theologian (Hardcover, Annotated Ed)
H.J.M. Turner
R4,276 Discovery Miles 42 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

St Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022) is regarded as one of the most significant figures in Byzantine mysticism. Though a very controversial figure in his own lifetime, he is now revered both in Orthodox and other Christian traditions. After beginning his monastic life while still comparatively young, he became hegumen of the monastery of St Mamas, and held that position for several years. Many of his writings, including the Discourses and Hymns, have appeared in print, but his four epistles have not been published in their entirety until now.
In these four letters, besides criticising those contending against him, Symeon writes as a pastor, concerned to give practical moral guidance. He focuses on confession, repentence, and the role of the spiritual father. H. J. M. Turner details the biographic and textual context of this scholarly annotated edition. He uses the previously unpublished Greek text established by Joseph Paramelle to provide an authoritative basis for his translation. Clearly and accessibly presented, these letters serve to reinforce our understanding of Symeon's life and work.

The Letters of Jerome - Asceticism, Biblical Exegesis, and the Construction of Christian Authority in Late Antiquity... The Letters of Jerome - Asceticism, Biblical Exegesis, and the Construction of Christian Authority in Late Antiquity (Hardcover, New)
Andrew Cain
R3,622 Discovery Miles 36 220 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the centuries following his death, Jerome (c.347-420) was venerated as a saint and as one of the four Doctors of the Latin church. In his own lifetime, however, he was a severely marginalized figure whose intellectual and spiritual authority did not go unchallenged, at times not even by those in his inner circle. His ascetic theology was rejected by the vast majority of Christian contemporaries, his Hebrew scholarship was called into question by the leading Biblical authorities of the day, and the reputation he cultivated as a pious monk was compromised by allegations of moral impropriety with some of his female disciples.
In view of the extremely problematic nature of his profile, how did Jerome seek to bring credibility to himself and his various causes? In this book, the first of its kind in any language, Andrew Cain answers this crucial question through a systematic examination of Jerome's idealized self-presentation across the whole range of his extant epistolary corpus. Modern scholars overwhelmingly either access the letters as historical sources or appreciate their aesthetic properties. Cain offers a new approach and explores the largely neglected but nonetheless fundamental propagandistic dimension of the correspondence. In particular, he proposes theories about how, and above all why, Jerome used individual letters and letter-collections to bid for status as an expert on the Bible and ascetic spirituality.

Language in the Confessions of Augustine (Paperback): Philip Burton Language in the Confessions of Augustine (Paperback)
Philip Burton
R1,188 Discovery Miles 11 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Philip Burton explores Augustine's treatment of language in his Confessions - a major work of Western philosophy and literature, with continuing intellectual importance. One of Augustine's key concerns is the story of his own encounters with language: from his acquisition of language as a child, through his career as schoolboy orator then star student at Carthage, to professor of rhetoric at Carthage and Rome. Having worked his way up to the eminence of Court Orator to the Roman Emperor at Milan, Augustine rediscovered the catholic Christianity of his childhood - and decided that this was incompatible with his rhetorical profession. Over the next ten years, he gradually reinvents himself as a different sort of language professional: a Christian intellectual, commentating on Scripture and preaching to his flock.

Crisis and Renewal - The Era of the Reformations (Paperback): R. Ward Holder Crisis and Renewal - The Era of the Reformations (Paperback)
R. Ward Holder
R805 R626 Discovery Miles 6 260 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This latest volume in the Westminster History of Christian Thought series introduces readers to the events and ideas that propelled the various religious reformations of sixteenth-century Europe. A splendid introduction to this momentous period, "Crisis and Renewal" examines the historical and theological developments that dramatically changed the religious landscape of Europe and continue to have important effects today. Discussion questions and other aids make this an excellent book for classroom use.

Designed particularly for undergraduate courses in theology and religion, the Westminster History of Christian Thought series offers reliable and accessible introductions to Christian thought for each major period in Christian history--the early church, the medieval era, the Reformation, the modern age, and the contemporary period--and concludes with a volume on American religious thought.

L'eglise des deux Alliances - Memorial Annie Jaubert (1912-1980) (Hardcover): Basil Lourie, Andrei A Orlov, Madeleine Petit L'eglise des deux Alliances - Memorial Annie Jaubert (1912-1980) (Hardcover)
Basil Lourie, Andrei A Orlov, Madeleine Petit
R3,702 Discovery Miles 37 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The book represents a collection of articles devoted to the memory of Annie Jaubert, a French scholar known for her research on the calendrical teachings of the Hebrew Bible, the Second Temple pseudepigrapha (1 Enoch, the Book of Jubilees), and Qumran literature. The articles discuss various aspects of Jaubert's work on early Christian and Jewish calendars, including her solution to an old problem of the conflicting chronologies for the Passion Week in the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John. The volume also contains the complete bibliography of Jaubert's scholarly works and a biographical sketch of her life.

Christian Antioch - A Study of Early Christian Thought in the East (Paperback): D. S. Wallace-Hadrill Christian Antioch - A Study of Early Christian Thought in the East (Paperback)
D. S. Wallace-Hadrill
R1,136 Discovery Miles 11 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is a comprehensive survey of the history and, more particularly, of the thought of Antioch from the second to the eighth centuries of the Christian era. Dr Wallace-Hadrill traces the religious background of Antiochene Christianity and examines in detail aspects of its intellectual life: the exegesis of scripture, the interpretation of history, philosophy, and the doctrine of the nature of God as applied to an understanding of Christ and man's salvation. The community at Antioch stressed history and literalism, in self-conscious opposition to the tendency to allegorise that prevailed at Alexandria. While insisting on the divinity of Christ, they were equally adamant that no other doctrine should be allowed to compromise their central belief that Jesus was really human.

Hilary of Poitiers on the Trinity - From De Fide to De Trinitate (Hardcover, New): Carl Beckwith Hilary of Poitiers on the Trinity - From De Fide to De Trinitate (Hardcover, New)
Carl Beckwith
R3,221 Discovery Miles 32 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Hilary of Poitiers (c300-368), Bishop and Theologian, was instrumental in shaping the development of pro-Nicene theology in the West. Carl Beckwith engages the extensive scholarship on the fourth-century Trinitarian debates and brings new light on the structure and chronology of Hilary's monumental De Trinitate.
There is a broad scholarly consensus that Hilary combined two separate theological works, a treatise on faith (De Fide) and a treatise against the 'Arians' (Adversus Arianos), to create De Trinitate. In spite of this the question of when and why Hilary performed this task has largely remained unanswered. Beckwith addresses this puzzle, situating Hilary's De Trinitate in its historical and theological context and offering a close reading of his text. He demonstrates that Hilary made significant revisions to the early books of his treatise; revisions that he attempted to conceal from his readers in order to give the impression of a unified work on the Trinity.
Beckwith argues that De Fide was written in 356 following Hilary's condemnation at the synod of Beziers and prior to receiving a decision on his exile from the Emperor. When Hilary arrived in exile, he wrote a second work, Adversus Arianos. Following the synod of Sirmium in 357 and his collaboration with Basil of Ancyra in early 358, Hilary recast his efforts and began to write De Trinitate. He decided to incorporate his two earlier works, De Fide and Adversus Arianos, into this project. Toward that end, he returned to his earlier works and drastically revised their content by adding new prefaces and new theological and exegetical material to reflect his mature pro-Nicene theology. Beckwith provides a compelling case for the nature of these radical revisions, crucial textual alterations that have never before been acknowledged in the scholarship on De Trinitate."

The Letter and the Spirit - A History of Interpretation from Origen to Luther (Hardcover): Wai-Shing Chau The Letter and the Spirit - A History of Interpretation from Origen to Luther (Hardcover)
Wai-Shing Chau
R1,422 R1,220 Discovery Miles 12 200 Save R202 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Pauline antithesis of the letter and the spirit has been widely adopted by the church. But until now there has been no historical study of this concept. This book, in tracing the interpretation of this Pauline antithesis by seven major church fathers, attempts to show that the understanding of the letter and the spirit is closely related to the theological and hermeneutical principles of the various fathers.

Heretics for Armchair Theologians (Paperback, New): Justo L Gonzalez, Catherine Gunsalus Gonz alez Heretics for Armchair Theologians (Paperback, New)
Justo L Gonzalez, Catherine Gunsalus Gonz alez
R457 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this unique Armchair volume, noted church historians Justo and Catherine Gonzalez introduce readers to important early church figures whose teachings were denounced by the church as heresies. Instructional for what they taught and for revealing what the church wished to safeguard and uphold, these "heretics," including Marcion, Arius, Nestorius, and Pelagius, are engagingly presented in their contexts through a clear and accessible text that is highlighted by the humorous illustrations of Ron Hill. "Heretics for Armchair Theologians" is an enjoyable way to learn about the church's early life and beliefs.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era (Hardcover): Alden A. Mosshammer The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era (Hardcover)
Alden A. Mosshammer
R4,309 Discovery Miles 43 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The system of numbering the years A.D. (Anni Domini, Years of the Lord) originated with Dionysius Exiguus. Dionysius drafted a 95-year table of dates for Easter beginning with the year 532 A.D. Why Dionysius chose the year that he did to number as '1' has been a source of controversy and speculation for almost 1500 years. According to the Gospel of Luke (3.1; 3.23), Jesus was baptized in the 15th year of the emperor Tiberius and was about 30 years old at the time. The 15th year of Tiberius was A.D. 29. If Jesus was 30 years old in A.D. 29, then he was born in the year that we call 2 B.C. Most ancient authorities dated the Nativity accordingly.
Alden Mosshammer provides the first comprehensive study of early Christian methods for calculating the date of Easter to have appeared in English in more than one hundred years. He offers an entirely new history of those methods, both Latin and Greek, from the earliest such calculations in the late second century until the emergence of the Byzantine era in the seventh century. From this history, Mosshammer draws the fresh hypothesis that Dionysius did not calculate or otherwise invent a new date for the birth of Jesus, instead adopting a date that was already well established in the Greek church. Mosshammer offers compelling new conclusions on the origins of the Christian era, drawing upon evidence found in the fragments of Julius Africanus, of Panodorus of Alexandria, and in the traditions of the Armenian church.

The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor (Hardcover): Torstein Tollefsen The Christocentric Cosmology of St Maximus the Confessor (Hardcover)
Torstein Tollefsen
R3,615 Discovery Miles 36 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662), was a major Byzantine thinker, a theologian and philosopher. He developed a philosophical theology in which the doctrine of God, creation, the cosmic order, and salvation is integrated in a unified conception of reality. Christ, the divine Logos, is the centre of the principles (the logoi ) according to which the cosmos is created, and in accordance with which it shall convert to its divine source.
Torstein Tollefsen treats Maximus' thought from a philosophical point of view, and discusses similar thought patterns in pagan Neoplatonism. The study focuses on Maximus' doctrine of creation, in which he denies the possibility of eternal coexistence of uncreated divinity and created and limited being. Tollefsen shows that by the logoi God institutes an ordered cosmos in which separate entities of different species are ontologically interrelated, with man as the centre of the created world. The book also investigates Maximus' teaching of God's activities or energies, and shows how participation in these energies is conceived according to the divine principles of the logoi. An extensive discussion of the complex topic of participation is provided.

The Apocryphal Jesus - Legends of the Early Church (Paperback): J. K. Elliott The Apocryphal Jesus - Legends of the Early Church (Paperback)
J. K. Elliott
R953 Discovery Miles 9 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This accessible selection of the most important and significant of the remarkable and often bizarre apocryphal stories surrounding the life of Jesus and the Early Church has established a reputation as an invaluable introduction to the genre of Christian apocryphal literature. J. K. Elliott clearly explains the scholarly importance of the genre and introduces each section of texts with reference to biblical texts and later church history. Stories found in this selection include Jesus' birth in a cave, his childhood escapades, his secret sayings, and his descent to the underworld; the torments in Hell; Saint Paul baptizing a lion; the death of Pontius Pilate and Saint Peter being crucified upside down. These all come from early Christian legends which did not get into the Bible, yet have had a profound influence on art, literature, and theology from the second century through the Middle Ages and even modern times. Some of the stories included here, especially those involving the Virgin Mary, have affected matters of doctrine; others have influenced the church's teaching on the after life, whilst from the apocryphal Acts there are some of the best examples of accounts of the lives of Christianity's earliest saints.

Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God - In Your Light We Shall See Light (Hardcover, New): Christopher... Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God - In Your Light We Shall See Light (Hardcover, New)
Christopher A. Beeley
R1,809 Discovery Miles 18 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Gregory of Nazianzus, a 4th-century bishop of Constantinople, receives relatively little attention from modern Western scholars, yet he is one of the most influential theologians in the history of Christian doctrine. Many modern Christians understand their religious beliefs through ideas originally expounded by Gregory, yet probably would not recognize his name. As an advocate for the conceptual understanding of the Trinity, Gregory set precedents for the way his fellow and future Christians would perceive and worship God. Holding that Jesus was both fully divine and fully human, Gregory added new complexity to Christianitys grasp of the mysterious relationship between the Son and the Father. He also explored the nature of the Holy Spirit by means of scriptural analysis, both in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Gregorys enlightening revelations resonate throughout the varied religious landscape of Christian creed, cult, and code. Christopher A. Beeley examines Gregorys doctrine of the Trinity in the full range of his theological and practical vision of the Christian life. Beeley examines and analyzes Gregorys teachings on the purification, illumination, and limitations of the theologian; the saving work of Christ within the context of Gregorys understanding of salvation; the place of the Holy Spirit in the work of the Trinity; and the Trinitarian purpose of pastoral ministry. This book combines expansive coverage of Gregorys works with meticulous close-readings and analyses to impart new interpretations in the areas of Christology, Pneumatology, and Christian ministry.

Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society (Paperback): Susan R. Holman Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society (Paperback)
Susan R. Holman
R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Wealth and poverty are issues of perennial importance in the life and thought of the church. This volume brings patristic thought to bear on these vital issues. The volume begins with explanations of poverty in the New Testament period, continues with developments among Christians in Egypt and Asia Minor and in early Byzantium, and closes by connecting patristic theology with contemporary public policy and religious dialogue.

"Wealth and Poverty in Early Church and Society" is the first volume to appear in Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History, a series that represents a deliberate outreach by the Orthodox community to evangelical, Protestant, and Catholic seminarians, pastors, and theologians. These multiauthor books include contributors from all traditions but focus on the patristic (especially Greek patristic) heritage.

"This is a splendid book, a substantial contribution on a topic of perennial import for scholars of religion and theology. The essays collected here offer important reassessments of scholarship to date. They present fresh, vivid material and provide revised models through which to study, reflect upon, and respond to deprivation and surplus as realities in antiquity and in our own time. Practical, pragmatic considerations are interwoven with cultural, historical, and theological analyses. Excellent work throughout!"--Susan Ashbrook Harvey, professor of religious studies, Brown University

Patrology - The Eastern Fathers from the Council of Chalcedon to John of Damascus (2nd Edition) (Hardcover, 2nd Revised... Patrology - The Eastern Fathers from the Council of Chalcedon to John of Damascus (2nd Edition) (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Angelo Di Berardino; Translated by Adrian Walford
R2,695 Discovery Miles 26 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A monumental work bringing together in an accessible and digestible form the current status of scholarship on the writings of the Eastern Fathers in the period between the Council of Chalcedon and the death of John of Damascus. The book covers an era in which pagan ideas still existed and in which the symbiosis between Empire and Church was so close as to make them seem almost one, with the Emperor in the East often playing a dominant role in religious matters, while in the West the authority of the emperors had faded, allowing the papacy to assume increasing authority. The domination of the East - reflected in the triumph of Greek over Latin as the language of administration - meant that Rome itself, and the Western provinces, were seen as rather provincial. The East faced different challenges, most conspicuously the range of theological ideas. Nestorian and Monophysite doctrines had not been suppressed by the Council of Chalcedon. New disputes arose, and in particular differences over the value of imagery. In the seventh century Islam became a major threat to the Empire, while Islamic ideas also carried weight in religious matters. The literature of the period can conveniently be divided linguistically and regionally. Following an introduction, major sections cover Constantinople and Asia Minor; the Greek Literature of Syria; Palestinian Writers; Alexandrian and Egyptian writers; Syriac Literature; Coptic Writers; Armenian Writers; Greek Exegetical Catenae; and Canonical and Liturgical Literature. While descriptions of major writers and their work is very extensive, most entries are much shorter. There are lengthy bibliographies, and the work is indexed. The Patrology is designed to follow the general approach taken by Quasten. The book is a fundamental work of reference, and makes a major contribution to patristic scholarship. The Editor, Angelo di Berardino, is Director of the Institutum Augustinianum in Rome and Editor of the Encyclopedia of the Early Church. Other contributors are: Pauline Allen (Catholic University, Brisbane) Maria Antonietta Barbara (University of Messina) Paulo Bettiolo (University of Padua) Filippo Carcione (University of Cassino) Danilo Ceccarelli Morolli (Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Rome) Camillo Curti (University of Catania) Salvatore Lilla (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Rome) Andrew Louth (University of Durham) Gianfranco Lusini (Istituto Universitario di Napoli) Adele Monaci Castagno (University of Vercelli) Manel Nin (Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo, Rome) Tito Orlandi (Universita La Sapienzia, Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Rome) Lorenzo Perrone (University of Pisa) Paul Rorem (Princeton University) Manlio Simonetti (Universita La Sapienzia, Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Rome) Basilio Studer (Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo and Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Rome) Karl-Heinz Uthemann (University of Utrecht) Sever J. Voicu (Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, Rome).

Theodoret of Cyrus v. 2; On Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Ruth - The Questions on the ""Octateuch... Theodoret of Cyrus v. 2; On Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, and Ruth - The Questions on the ""Octateuch (Paperback, New)
Theodoret of Cyrus; Revised by John Petruccione; Translated by Robert C. Hill
R1,023 Discovery Miles 10 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Library of Early Christianity will be a permanent enterprise that publishes one new volume approximately every other year. The Library will publish texts in the original ancient languages of both East and West - Greek, Latin, Arabic, Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, and Georgian - accompanied by contemporary English translations printed on the facing pages. In order to make the texts more accessible to the nonspecialist and to aid readers in comprehending the thought of the influential thinkers of the early church, each volume will include an introduction, notes, and a bibliography. Shortly before his death (ca. 460), as his health was failing, Theodoret decided to undertake a monumental project of exegesis. In the more than two decades of his episcopacy, he had commented on both the prophets and the sapiential literature of the ""Hebrew Scriptures"". Now he would expound the historical books. For his commentary on the Octateuch, he adopted the format of question and answer. This device allowed the expositor to focus attention on particularly challenging passages that could give rise to misunderstanding. Long experience had taught him that ""careless reading of holy Scripture is the cause of error among ordinary people."" Intimately acquainted with every detail of the text, well-informed about contemporary Judaism, and steeped in the works of previous interpreters, he makes his way through a massive body of text with concision, a sure sense for the significant and the controversial, and a thoughtful moderation respectful of the accomplishments of Alexandrian, as well as Antiochene, biblical scholarship.

Possidius of Calama - A Study of the North African Episcopate in the Age of Augustine (Hardcover): Erika Hermanowicz Possidius of Calama - A Study of the North African Episcopate in the Age of Augustine (Hardcover)
Erika Hermanowicz
R3,758 Discovery Miles 37 580 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Possidius, the bishop of Calama, was a life-long friend of St. Augustine's and best known for writing a biography of the bishop of Hippo, the Vita Augustini. Hermanowicz analyzes both the biography and the legally-oriented career of Possidius to illustrate how active Augustine's colleagues were in soliciting imperial support against their religious competitors and to show just how often Augustine's close friends disagreed with him on important matters of law, coercion and diplomacy. It is still widely asserted by scholars that St. Augustine dominated the theological landscape of North Africa, but this engaging study demonstrates how often he was, in fact, singular and isolated in his beliefs.

Outward Signs - The Powerlessness of External Things in Augustine's Thought (Hardcover): Phillip Cary Outward Signs - The Powerlessness of External Things in Augustine's Thought (Hardcover)
Phillip Cary
R2,691 Discovery Miles 26 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

We are used to thinking of words as signs of inner thoughts. In Outward Signs, Philip Cary argues that Augustine invented this expressionist semiotics, where words are outward signs expressing an inward will to communicate, in an epochal departure from ancient philosopical semiotics, where signs are means of inference, as smoke is a sign of fire. Augustine uses his new theory of signs to give an account of Biblical authority, explaining why an authoritative external teaching is needed in addition to the inward teaching of Christ as divine Wisdom, which is conceived in terms drawn from Platonist epistemology. In fact for Augustine we literally learn nothing from words or any other outward sign, because the truest form of knowledge is a kind of Platonist vision, seeing what is inwardly present to the mind. Nevertheless, because our mind's eye is diseased by sin we need the help of external signs as admonitions or reminders pointing us in the right direction, so that we may look and see for ourselves. Even our knowledge of other persons is ultimately a matter not of trusting their words but of seeing their minds with our minds. Thus Cary argues here that, for Augustine, outward signs are useful but ultimately powerless because no bodily thing has power to convey something inward to the soul. This means that there can be no such thing as an efficacious external means of grace. The sacraments, which Augustine was the first to describe as outward signs of inner grace, signify what is necessary for salvation but do not confer it. Baptism, for example, is necessary for salvation, but its power is found not in water or word but in the inner unity, charity and peace of the church. Even the flesh of Christ is necessary but not efficacious, an external sign to use without clinging to it.

Theodoret of Cyrus v. 1; On Genesis and Exodus - The Questions on the ""Octateuch (Paperback): Theodoret of Cyrus Theodoret of Cyrus v. 1; On Genesis and Exodus - The Questions on the ""Octateuch (Paperback)
Theodoret of Cyrus; Revised by John Petruccione; Translated by Robert C. Hill
R1,027 Discovery Miles 10 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Library of Early Christianity will be a permanent enterprise that publishes one new volume approximately every other year. The Library will publish texts in the original ancient languages of both East and West - Greek, Latin, Arabic, Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, and Georgian - accompanied by contemporary English translations printed on the facing pages. In order to make the texts more accessible to the nonspecialist and to aid readers in comprehending the thought of the influential thinkers of the early church, each volume will include an introduction, notes, and a bibliography. Shortly before his death (ca. 460), as his health was failing, Theodoret decided to undertake a monumental project of exegesis. In the more than two decades of his episcopacy, he had commented on both the prophets and the sapiential literature of the ""Hebrew Scriptures"". Now he would expound the historical books. For his commentary on the Octateuch, he adopted the format of question and answer. This device allowed the expositor to focus attention on particularly challenging passages that could give rise to misunderstanding. Long experience had taught him that ""careless reading of holy Scripture is the cause of error among ordinary people."" Intimately acquainted with every detail of the text, well-informed about contemporary Judaism, and steeped in the works of previous interpreters, he makes his way through a massive body of text with concision, a sure sense for the significant and the controversial, and a thoughtful moderation respectful of the accomplishments of Alexandrian, as well as Antiochene, biblical scholarship.

Reading the Early Church Fathers - From the Didache to Nicaea (Paperback): James Leonard Papandrea Reading the Early Church Fathers - From the Didache to Nicaea (Paperback)
James Leonard Papandrea
R637 R578 Discovery Miles 5 780 Save R59 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"This is the book I wish I had when I was first studying the early church and the development of Christianity," says author James Papandrea. Reading the Early Church Fathers introduces the reader to the primary sources of church history, with commentary that will help the reader make sense of the theological/Christological trajectory that led the church from the New Testament era, through the apologists, to the development of the major doctrines of the church. Papandrea's treatment of the early church fathers is unique in that he situates his discussion against the social and cultural context of the Roman Empire and its relationship to the church, especially with regard to the effect of the persecutions on the church. Reading the Early Church Fathers does not provide actual excerpts of the works under discussion; instead, it directs the reader to the primary sources available on the Internet, resources that will be updated regularly. The result, for all students of the early church, is a unique and unprecedented "big picture" of early Christian literature.

The Emergence of Christianity (Hardcover, Annotated edition): Cynthia White The Emergence of Christianity (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Cynthia White
R1,393 Discovery Miles 13 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The ancient Romans believed that only proper polytheistic worship could maintain the "pax Romana," or "Roman Peace." In the first century A.D., a splinter sect of Judaism began to crack this wall, bringing upheaval, persecution, and conversion into the lives of Romans, Jews, Christians, and pagans. This exciting volume explores the emergence of Christianity in rome during the first four centuries of the Greco-Roman empire, from the first followers of Jesus Christ, to conflicts between Christians and Jewish kings under Roman occupation, to the torture of Christian followers, Diocletian's reforms, and Constantine's eventual conversion to monotheism, which cemented Christianity's status as the official religion of Rome. Supplemented by photos, primary document excerpts, biographies of key figures, a glossary, an annotated bibliography and an index, this volume is an ideal reference source for students and general readers alike.

Early Christian Thought in its Jewish Context (Paperback): John M.G. Barclay, John Philip McMurdo Sweet Early Christian Thought in its Jewish Context (Paperback)
John M.G. Barclay, John Philip McMurdo Sweet
R1,148 Discovery Miles 11 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The theme of this volume is that of continuity and discontinuity between early Christianity and its Jewish parent. The formation of Christian thought in the context of its Jewish beginnings is the focus of much debate and controversy. These essays cover the historical and social background of Palestine and the Diaspora; the main components of the New Testament canon and early non-canonical writings, examining their relationship to the Jewish tradition; and central themes including monotheism and Christology, apocalyptism, ethics, and martyrdom. The concise treatments, with their helpful bibliographies, by an international team of experts will be of interest and value to teachers and undergraduate students of the New Testament and Christian origins. It puts an alternative complexion on the relationship between Judaism and the convictions of the early Christians, and will stimulate discussion.

Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern (Hardcover): Morwenna Ludlow Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern (Hardcover)
Morwenna Ludlow
R4,291 Discovery Miles 42 910 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The fourth-century Christian thinker, Gregory of Nyssa, has been the subject of a huge variety of interpretations over the past fifty years, from historians, theologians, philosophers, and others. In this highly original study, Morwenna Ludlow analyses these recent readings of Gregory of Nyssa and asks: What do they reveal about modern and postmodern interpretations of the Christian past? What do they say about the nature of Gregory's writing? Working thematically through studies of recent Trinitarian theology, Christology, spirituality, feminism, and postmodern hermeneutics, Ludlow develops an approach to reading the Church Fathers which combines the benefits of traditional scholarship on the early Church with reception-history and theology.

Cyprian and the Bishops of Rome - Questions of Papal Primary in the Early Church (Paperback): Geoffrey D. Dunn Cyprian and the Bishops of Rome - Questions of Papal Primary in the Early Church (Paperback)
Geoffrey D. Dunn
R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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