Early Christian Life and Thought in Social Context: A Reader by Mark Harding

By Mark Harding

Early Christian existence and notion in Social Context fills a vacuum in present scholarship. whereas there exist a couple of anthologies of assets for college students of the hot testomony and early Judaism, this booklet integrates concise explanatory touch upon quite a few features of the ancient and social state of affairs of the early Christians with tremendous extracts from early Christian, early Jewish, and Graeco-Roman sources.

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