The remarkable diversity of Christianity during the formative years
before the Council of Nicea has become a plain, even natural,
"fact" for most ancient historians. Until After the New Testament,
however, there had never been a sourcebook of primary texts that
revealed the many varieties of Christian beliefs, practices,
ethics, experiences, confrontations, and self-understandings. To
help readers recognize and experience the rich diversity of the
early Christian movement, After the New Testament, Second Edition,
provides a wide range of texts from the second and third centuries,
both "orthodox" and "heterodox," including such works as the
Apostolic Fathers, the writings of Nag Hammadi, early
pseudepigrapha, martyrologies, anti-Jewish tractates,
heresiologies, canon lists, church orders, liturgical texts, and
theological treatises. Rather than providing only fragments of
texts, this collection prints large excerpts-entire documents
wherever possible-organized under social and historical rubrics.
This unique reader's concise and informative introductions and
clear and up-to-date English translations make it ideal for courses
on Early Christianity, Christian Origins, or Early Church History.
It will also appeal to anyone-student, scholar, and general reader
alike-interested in the entire range of early Christian literature
from the period after the New Testament up to the writings of the
so-called father of church history, Eusebius. The Second Edition
includes new and updated translations as well as considerable
additions to the roster of sources, including excerpts from the
Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Judas, and the correspondence between
Jesus and Abgar. The book also includes two brand-new rubrics of
texts, one focusing on the method and practice of interpreting
scripture, and the other focusing on women and gender in early
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