Early Christian Thinkers: The Lives and Legacies of Twelve Key Figures

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Paul Foster
InterVarsity Press, Jul 11, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 203 pages
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Written by an international team of leading scholars, Early Christian Thinkers introduces the lives and works of twelve key Christians from the second and third centuries--a pivotal early moment in the history of orthodox doctrine. Each chapter includes a biographical and historical overview of the thinker, a detailed survey of his or her major writings and ideas, an in-depth discussion of each thinker's influence on the formation of the tradition, and a consideration of lasting significance in today's context. The text requires no prior knowledge of the thinker under discussion, making the book especially useful for students and for all with an interest in Christian origins or patristics.
 

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I'm not sure how to rate this book. I bought it thinking it was an introduction of these great thinkers to the layperson. I was wrong. It's highly academic, using terminology form theological and ... Read full review

Early Christian Thinkers: The Lives and Legacies of Twelve Key Figures

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Foster (New Testament, Univ. of Edinburgh) both edits and has contributed to this intriguing new volume on 12 important and at times controversial figures from the first three centuries of Christian ... Read full review

Contents

Justin Martyr
1
Tatian
15
Irenaeus
36
Theophilus of Antioch
52
Clement of Alexandria
68
Tertullian
85
Perpetua
100
Cyprian of Carthage
127
Hippolytus of Rome
141
Gregory Thaumaturgus
154
Eusebius of Caesarea
173
Index of ancient and biblical texts
195
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Paul Foster (D.Phil.) is senior lecturer in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of Community, Law and Mission in Matthew s Gospel (Mohr Siebeck) and The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford).

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