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

By Mark Harding

Early Christian lifestyles and suggestion in Social Context fills a vacuum in present scholarship. whereas there exist a couple of anthologies of resources for college kids of the hot testomony and early Judaism, this e-book integrates concise explanatory touch upon quite a few elements of the old and social scenario of the early Christians with huge extracts from early Christian, early Jewish, and Graeco-Roman sources.

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