The World of the Early ChristiansThe World of the Early Christians
Joseph F. Kelly
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While the scholar/specialist may find here much that is basic, there is a wealth of information about early Christianity that will prove stimulating, including the use of computer technology and its impact on scholarship regarding early data. Asking such questions as Who were the early Christians? Where did they live? How do we know so much about them? What data has been left and how do we interpret it?, the author touches on the early Christians' cultural and intellectual life, their view of the universe and the nature of time, the influence of Judaism, Greek and Roman philosophy, paganism, astrology and magic etc. The last chapter is a review of the first six centuries of Christianity that looks at the development of the Christian calendar, the canon of the New Testament, the heresies, the councils, the Church Fathers, the decline of the Roman Empire, and the establishment of monastic order.

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Editor's Introduction

Chapter One: Who Were the Early Christians?

1. What Does the Term "Early Christians" Mean?
2. Where Did They Life?
3. What Do We Know About Their Daily Lives?
4. Entertainment

Chapter Two: How Do We Know About the Early Christians?

1. The Problem of Data
2. The NAture of the Written Data
3. The Nature of the Physical Data
4. Iconography
5. Using the Evidence
A. Technology
B. How Do We Understand the Evidence?

Chapter Three: The Physical World

1. The Cosmos
2. The Earth
3. The Other Worlds
A. Heaven
B. Hell
C. Another World?
4. Time

Chapter Four: Others

1. The Jews
2. The Pagans
A. The Popular Cults
B. Oracles
C. Magic
D. Astology
E. Philosophy
E. Philosophy
F. The Official Cults
3. Heretics and Schismatics

Chapter Five: Intellectual and Cultural Life

1. Books and the Book
A. Producing Bibles
B. Translations
2. The Bible and Its Interpretation
A. The Canon
B. Interpretation
3. Theology
A. Theology and Philosophy
B. Theology and Tradition in the Church
4. Music
5. The Visual Arts

Chapter Six: Living in the World

1. Slavery
2. Women
3. Church and State
4. War and Peace
5. Wealth and Poverty

Chapter Seven: A Brief History of Early Christianity

1. The First Century
2. The Second Century
3. The Third Century
4. The Fourth Century
5. The Fifth Century
6. The Sixth Century