Reading the Early Church Fathers: From the Didache to Nicaea

Reading the Early Church Fathers: From the Didache to Nicaea

by James L. Papandrea

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Overview

“This is the book I wish I had when I was first studying the early church and the development of Christianity,” says author James Papandrea. Reading the Early Church Fathers introduces the reader to the primary sources of church history, with commentary that will help the reader make sense of the theological/Christological trajectory that led the church from the New Testament era, through the apologists, to the development of the major doctrines of the church. Papandrea’s treatment of the early church fathers is unique in that he situates his discussion against the social and cultural context of the Roman Empire and its relationship to the church, especially with regard to the effect of the persecutions on the church.


Reading the Early Church Fathers does not provide actual excerpts of the works under discussion; instead, it directs the reader to the primary sources available on the Internet, resources that will be updated regularly. The result, for all students of the early church, is a unique and unprecedented “big picture” of early Christian literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809147519
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

How to Read Early Christian Texts 2

Chapter 1 The Church in the Roman Empire 7

What Do We Mean by Church? 7

Relations with Judaism 8

Relations with the Romans and the Beginning of Persecution 10

The Martyr Documents 15

Chapter 2 The Apostolic Fathers 18

The Didache 18

Clement of Rome 19

Second Clement 23

Ignatius of Antioch 24

Polycarp of Smyrna 27

The Martyrdom of Polycarp 28

Papias of Hierapolis 29

The Epistle of Barnabas 30

The Shepherd of Hermas 30

Chapter 3 The Apologists 33

The Apology of Aristides 36

The Epistle to Diognetus 36

Justin Martyr 37

The Martyrdom of Justin 39

Tatian 40

Melito of Sardis 41

Athenagoras 41

Theophilus of Antioch 42

Clement of Alexandria 44

Chapter 4 The Church in the Subapostolic Age 48

The Development of the Hierarchy 48

Worship and the Sacraments 54

Christology and Theology in the Subapostolic Age 58

From Apology to Theology 88

Chapter 5 The Theologians 92

Irenaeus of Lyons 92

Tertullian 97

Hippolytus 105

Origen 111

Novatian 115

Chapter 6 The New Testament Canon 119

Stages of Development of the New Testament 120

Patristic Exegesis 125

The History of Patristic Exegesis 134

Chapter 7 The Church in the Third-Century 139

Christology and Theology in the Third Century 139

The Episcopacy and the Emerging Primacy of Rome 147

Persecution in the Third Century 156

The Controversy over Baptism and Rebaptism 168

What, Then, Is the Church? 172

Chapter 8 The Church and the Empire 176

The Great Persecution 177

The First Christian Emperor 179

The Arian Controversy 183

Unity through Standardization 191

Chapter 9 Ongoing Themes 200

Anthropology 200

Ecclesiology 207

Christology 210

Soteriology 219

Conclusions 225

Charts and Tables 229

Chart 1: The Gnostic Family Tree 231

Table 1: Christology and Theology in the Subapostolic Age 232

Table 2: Assumptions of Patristic Exegesis 233

Table 3: The History of Patristic Exegesis 235

Table 4: Christology and Theology in the Third Century 237

Chart 2: Christological Options and Influences 238

Table 5: Christology and Theology in the Fourth Century 239

Table 6: Christology and Theology in the Fifth Century 240

Table 7: Important Theological Concepts and Doctrines 241

Appendix: The Primary Sources 243

Map of the Roman Empire with Places Mentioned 244

Notes 245

Subject Index 337

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