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After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity
Bart Ehrman

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Format: Paperback, 464pp.
ISBN: 9780195114454
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: September 1998

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Provides a wide range of primary texts from the first three centuries of early Christianity

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 now, however, there has been no sourcebook of primary texts that reveals 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 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 the New Testament, Christian Origins, Early Church History, or Late Antiquity. It will also be of interest 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.
  • Includes both "heterodox" and "orthodox" writings
  • Offers complete documents or large selections of texts rather than brief snippets
  • Features up-to-date and easily readable translations
  • Incorporates a general introduction to the development of Christianity in the period (Chapter 1), concise and informative introductions to each of the historical categories of texts, and an introduction to each individual text


    This is a splendid anthology that should replace several others that have been in use during the past decades. It should be of tremendous benefit to teachers and students of the New Testament and early Christianity.
    —Elizabeth Clark, Duke University


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    About the Author

    Bart D. Erhman is Bowman and Gordon and Gordon Gray Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Widely recognized for his expertise in the textual criticism of the New Testament, he has published numerous books and articles on the literature and history of early Christianity including The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader, After the New Testament: A Reader in Early Christianity, and Jesus, Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium.

    Table of Contents

    1General Introduction
    2The Spread of Christianity: Early Christians and their Converts
    3The Attack on Christianity: Persecution and Martydom in the Early Church
    4The Defense of Christianity: The Early Christian Apologists
    5Anti-Judaic Polemic: The Opposition to Jews in Early Christianity
    6The Diversity of Early Christianity: Writings Later Deemed Heretical
    7The Internal Conflicts of Christianity: Writings Against the "Heretics"
    8"Apostolic" Writings Outside the Canon: New Testament Apocrypha/Pseudepigrapha
    9The New Scriptures: Canonical Lists in Early Christianity
    10The Structure of Early Christianity: The Development of Church Offices
    11The Development of the Liturgy: Ritual Practices in Early Christianity
    12The Proclamation of the Word: Homilies in Early Christianity
    13Leading the Upright Life: The Role of Ethics in Early Christianity
    14The Emergence of Orthodoxy: Theological Writings of Proto-Orthodox Christians

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