The Origins of Christian Morality: The First Two Centuries

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Yale University Press, 1993 - Religion - 275 pages
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By the time Christianity became a political and cultural force in the Roman Empire, it had come to embody a new moral vision. This wise and eloquent book describes the formative years--from the crucifixion of Jesus to the end of the second century of the common era--when Christian beliefs and practices shaped their unique moral order.
  

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This book began as a series of lectures given by Prof. Meeks at Oxford, in 1990 and 1991, with some earlier lecture material included. Unfortunately it reads pretty much like that throughout--more of ... Read full review

Contents

Morals and Community
1
Moral Consequences of Conversion
18
City Household People of God
37
Loving and Hating the World
52
The Language of Obligation
66
The Grammar of Christian Practice
91
Knowing Evil
111
The Body as Sign and Problem
130
Senses of an Ending
174
The Moral Story
189
POSTSCRIPT History Pluralism and Christian Morality
211
Notes
221
Bibliography of Secondary Works Cited
243
Index of Early Christian Literature
261
Subject Index
270
Copyright

A Life Worthy of God
150

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General editor Wayne Meeks, PH.D., is Woolsey Professor of Biblical Studies at Yale University and the author of many books. He lives in New Haven CT. The Society of Biblical Literature is a 5,500 member international group of experts on the Bible and related fields.

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