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The Rise of Christianity is a fabulous reference work which covers vast topics in the area of early church history including Jewish origins, initial expansions, opposing cults, persecution, inner division, and many others. It discusses everything from Jews and Christians to Christianity and the Roman Empire to Constantine and Chalcedon to Justinian and the Byzantine Achievement. Covers roughly the first six centuries AD. Includes endnotes, bibliography, and index. W.H.C. Frend is Emeritus Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
The definitive text in early church history, Frend's The Rise of Christianity offers a vast, panoramic sweep of Christianity's first six centuries, from the dust of Palestine to the court of Justinian and the parting of Eastern and Western Christianity. With many maps, chronologies, and graphics, Frend's text is an engaging story but also an immensely learned and careful work of scholarship. Elegantly written. It is a marvelous reference work. It will become the standard church history of our time for scholar and novice alike.