Responding to the explosion of recent research on early Christianity, this one-volume reference provides an introductory academic study of the faith from A.D. 100 to 600. Encompassing history, literature, thoughts, practices, and material culture, these essays---written by leading figures in the discipline---will orient readers to up-to-date surveys and current scholarship. Includes guidance for further study. 1032 pages, hardcover.
The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies responds to and celebrates the explosion of research in this interdisciplinary field over recent decades. A one-volume reference work, it provides an introduction to the academic study of early Christianity (c. 100-600 AD) and examines the vast geographical area impacted by the early church, in Western and Eastern late antiquity. It is thematically arranged to encompass history, literature, thought, practices, and material culture. It contains authoritative and up-to-date surveys of current thinking and research in the various subfields of early Christian studies, written by leading figures in the discipline. The essays orient readers to a given topic, as well as to the trajectory of research developments over the past 30-50 years within the scholarship itself. Guidance for future research is also given. Each essay points the reader towards relevant forms of extant evidence (texts, documents, or examples of material culture), as well as to the appropriate research tools available for the area.
This volume will be useful to advanced undergraduate and post-graduate students, as well as to specialists in any area who wish to consult a brief review of the "state of the question" in a particular area of early Christian studies, especially one different from their own.
"This handbook is an outstanding addition to the study of early Christianity and will quickly become an important reference tool. The list of prestigious contributors is a veritable who's who in the discipline, with an admirable mixture of scholars of different ranks, from several countries, and representing various methodological approaches. ...With its stellar list of contributors, its balanced and informative surveys, and its valuable research tools, there is no question that The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies
will do that and more for years to come."
"This one-volume handbook has been well gathered, with a format and setting that is attractive, well-organized thematically, and easy to read. The contributors assembled are authoritative in their own disciplines, and the extensive range of essays provides an illuminating, lucid, and enlivened perspective to the various disciplines and subdisciplines involved in the study of early Christianity." --The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies
"This truly monumental volume provides a much-needed summary of where the discipline of Early Christian Studies stands in each of its fields and subspecialities. Reading it in its entirety provides a complete survey of the discipline. Each essay, with its excellent bibliography, is a tool to bring one quickly up to date on a subdiscipline."--Seminary Studies
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