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By Bart D. Ehrman, Andrew S. Jacobs

Christianity in overdue Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader collects fundamental resources of the early Christian global, from the final "Great Persecution" below the Emperor Diocletian to the Council of Chalcedon within the mid-fifth century. in this interval Christianity rose to prominence within the Roman Empire, constructed new notions of sanctity and heresy, and unfold past the Mediterranean global. This reader comprises average texts--from authors akin to Athanasius, Augustine, and Eusebius--in the newest translations and likewise comprises much less generic texts, a few of which look in English translation for the 1st time. offered of their entirety or in lengthy excerpts, the texts are prepared thematically and canopy such subject matters as orthodoxy, conversion, asceticism, and artwork and structure. The editors supply introductions for every bankruptcy, textual content, and picture, situating the decisions traditionally, geographically, and intellectually. Christianity in overdue Antiquity, 300-450 C.E.: A Reader highlights the ways that faith and tradition have been jointly reworked in this an important old interval. excellent for classes in Early Christianity, Christianity in past due Antiquity, and background of Christianity, this reader is a superb better half to Bart D. Ehrman's After the recent testomony (OUP, 1998) and an excellent source for students.

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When this day dawned—one of the old men being consul for the eighth time, the other for the seventh— suddenly, while it was still not full daylight, the prefeet came to the church with leaders and tribunes and officers of the treasury. They tore down the door and searched for a picture or image of God. When the Scriptures were found, they were burned. The chance 3 4 3 4 February 23. 169-70. OF THE PERSECUTORS | 15 for booty was given to all. There was pillaging, trepidation, running about all around.

Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1999. Used with permission. EUSEBIUS: T H E LIFE Augustus. (2) They lauded the deceased with their acclamations for the son, and they blessed the son as appointed to succeed such a father; all the provinces under his rule were full of happiness and unutterable joy because not even for the briefest moment had they been deprived of orderly imperial rule. This was the end of a pious and devout life that God displayed to our generation in the case of the Emperor Constantius.

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