The Treasure Chest of the Early Christians : Faith, Care and Community from the Apostolic Age to Constantine the Great

The Treasure Chest of the Early Christians : Faith, Care and Community from the Apostolic Age to Constantine the Great

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 144 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780802839459
  • DDC分類 200

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This volume explores the formation of the Christian church as a faith community deeply concerned for the care of others. Plumbing the historical sources that illumine the development of Christian corporate and social life from its earliest days through the fourth century, David Batson chronicles the church's crucial role as caretaker of the destitute and deprived -- a role unique in late antiquity.In uncovering the origins of Christian social action, Batson treats many themes that still resonate today: the relationship between church and state, the divergence of faith and practice, the conflict between traditionalism and modernity, the challenge of fundamentalism, and the continuing reality of persecution. Deft in his narrative of such accounts, Batson provides a fascinating story as well as an insightful study in social history. Readers will find in this book both valuable background to the world of the New Testament and a proper Christian model for modern community care.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            vii
Introduction x
The Historical Background 1 (13)
The Social Context of the Apostolic Age 14 (11)
Jesus and the First Communities 25 (17)
Charity Begins at Home 42 (13)
Consolidation and Controversy 55 (19)
Changing Fortunes 74 (26)
Constantine and the Christian Empire 100(14)
Epilogue The Roots of Community Care 114(6)
Select Bibliography 120(4)
Index 124