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The Rise of Christianity

Author: 
W. H. C. Frend (Author)
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The definitive text in early church history, Frend's The Rise of Christianity offers a vast, panoramic sweep of Christianity's first six centuries, from the dust of Palestine to the court of Justinian and the parting of Eastern and Western Christianity. With many maps, chronologies, and graphics, Frend's text is an engaging story but also an immensely learned and careful work of scholarship. Elegantly written. It is a marvelous reference work. It will become the standard church history of our time for scholar and novice alike.

ISBN: 
9780800619312
Price: 
$55.00
Release date: 
June 1, 1984
Pages: 
1,026
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

"This will be the standard reference work in early church history for many a decade to come."
— Paul L. Maier, Professor of History, Western Michigan University

"The strength of the book lies in the exposition of the nature of Christian civilization, with special attention to the development of divergent traditions within the Church."
— Peter Garnsey, Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

    Illustrations
    Abbreviations
    Introduction

    PART 1: JEWS AND CHRISTIANS

  1. The Jewish Background

  2. From 587 to 140 B.C.
    Palestine in the Last Century B.C.
    Sects and Parties
    The Dispersion

  3. Jesus of Nazareth

  4. Baptism
    Temptations
    Jesus and John
    The Galilean Mission A.D. 28-29
    Martyr Prophet
    On to Jerusalem
    The Last Phase

  5. Paul and the First Expansion 30-65

  6. The Jerusalem Community
    The Emergence of Paul
    The Mission
    The Opposition
    The Pauline Christ
    The New Religion and Society
    Paul and James
    The Pauline Ministry
    The Liturgy
    Baptism and Eucharist
    Relations with the Authorities
    The Neronian Persecution A.D. 64

  7. The Christian Synagogue 70-135

  8. The New Israel and the Old
    The Christian Mission
    The Church and Society
    Sound Doctrine and Its Opponents
    The Christian Ministry
    The Liturgy
    Differing Interpretations
    The Christians and the Empire

  9. Opposition Cult 135-80

  10. The Roman Empire in the Second Century
    The Opposition
    Christian Advance

  11. Acute Hellenizatin 135-93

  12. The Gnostic Movement
    Reasons for the Success of Gnosticism
    The Alexandrian Gnostic Teachers
    The Gnostic Legacy
    Marcion
    Later Developments

  13. The Emergence of Orthodoxy 135-93

  14. The Apologists
    Irenaeus
    Emergent Orthodoxy
    Threats to Unity
    Conclusion

    PART 2: CHRISTIANITY AND THE ROMAN EMPIRE

  15. Out of the Shadows 193-235

  16. The Severan Dynasty
    Christianity's Rivals
    Orthodoxy
    Revival of Mission
    Pagan Reaction
    The Return of Peace

  17. Struggle and Advance 235-60

  18. Christian Progress
    Manicheism
    The Decian Persecution
    Valerian

  19. The Third Century: The Western Churches 190-260

  20. Latin Christianity

  21. The Third Century: Christian Platonism of Alexandria and Its Opponents 190-275

  22. Christian Platonists

  23. Church and People in the Third Century

  24. Authority and Church Order
    Bishops and Clergy
    The Seniores
    The People
    Art, Literature, and Ethics
    Rural Christianity and the First Monks

  25. The Age of Diocletian 270-305

  26. The Pagan Front
    The Advance of Christianity
    Diocletian and the Great Persecution

  27. The Constantinian Revolution 305-30

  28. Tetrarchy and Dynasty
    The Propaganda War
    The Hinge of Fate 311-13
    From Milan to Chrysopolis 313-24
    The Donatists: Pandora's Box
    Arius
    Council of Nicaea
    Constantinople: Nova Roma

    PART 3: FROM CONSTANTINE TO CHALCEDON

  29. Toward Byzantinism 330-61

  30. Constantine and Athanasius
    The Council of Sardica 342/43
    The Search for Equilibrium 343-53
    Constantius as Sole Emperor 353-61
    Constantius and the Quest for a Unifying Creed

  31. From Pagan to Christian Society 330-60

  32. The New Synthesis
    The Process of Christianization
    Christianity and the Countryside

  33. Hero of a Lost Cause: The Emperor Julian 360-63

  34. The Early Years
    The Suffessful General
    The Failed Revolution

  35. New Perspective in West and East 363-99

  36. The West
    The East
    The North African Dimension 370-430
    The Donatists
    Augustine
    Pelagius and Pelagianism

  37. Christianity and Barbarism: The West 380-450

  38. The End of the Pagan Ideal
    Claudian
    Prudentius
    Priscillian
    Paulinus
    Jerome
    Honoratus
    John Cassian
    The Church and the Internal Crisis of the Empire

  39. The Road to Chalcedon 398-451

  40. The Survival of the East Roman Provinces
    John Chrysostom at Constantinople 398-404
    Nestorius and Cyril 428-31
    The Formula of Reunion 433
    The Interlude 433-46
    Dioscorus and Eutyches
    Chalcedon

    PART 4: THE PARTING OF THE WAYS

  41. The Catholic Recovery in the West 451-536

  42. Britian
    North Africa Under the Vandals
    Gaul
    Italy
    The Acacian Schism and Its Aftermath
    The Decline of the Ostrogothic Kingdom

  43. Justinian and the Byzantine Achievement 527-65

  44. Justinian's Renewal (Renovatio)
    The Reoccupation of North Africa 533-34
    Byzantine Art and Architecture
    The Emergence of the Monophysite Church 519-31
    The Emergence of Neo-Chalcedonianism
    The Three Chapters 544-54
    The Failure of the Reconquista 555-65

  45. "And East is East..." 565-604

  46. Rome and Constantinople
    Chalcedonians and Monophysites
    The Celtic Irruption
    St. Benedict and Monasticism
    Pope Gregory I

    Epilogue
    General Bibliography
    Appendixes
    Synopsis of Events
    Maps
    Names Index
    Subject Index