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Early Christian Literature
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Early Christian Literature
Early Christian Literature The corpus of texts written and distributed during the apostolic period or the early church period. These texts vary in purpose, genre, and format, but all serve to build up the church by promoting, defending, or explaining some element of the Christian faith.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Literature, Early Christian
LITERATURE, EARLY CHRISTIAN. Early Christian literature includes all the writings of the early Church. This body of literature is made up of many different genres such as letters, gospels, acts, and apocalypses which are related to the life and thought of the particular community.A. Canonical and Uncanonical
A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs: A Reference Guide to More than 700 Topics Discussed by the Early Church Fathers
Acquiring a Foundational Understanding
ACQUIRING A FOUNDATIONAL UNDERSTANDINGTo accurately grasp what the early Christians said about a given topic it becomes important to have a basic understanding of three concepts: (1) Marcion and the Gnostics, (2) the early Christian concept of the Logos, and (3) the Scriptures of the early church.
Quotable Quotes from the Early Christians
QUOTABLE QUOTES FROM THE EARLY CHRISTIANSSome of the following quotations have been condensed.Only request on my behalf that I may not merely be called a Christian, but may really be found to be one. Ignatius (c. 105, E), 1.74.Sound doctrine does not enter into a hard and disobedient heart. Justin
The Ante-nicene Fathers as a Source for Early Christian Writings
THE ANTE-NICENE FATHERS AS A SOURCE FOR EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITINGSOf course, the Ante-Nicene Fathers are not the only available translations of the pre-Nicene writings. Still, I chose the present edition of the Ante-Nicene Fathers as the basis for this work for several reasons. First, the translations
The Essence of Early Christianity
THE ESSENCE OF EARLY CHRISTIANITYUsers of this dictionary should first grasp the ethos of early Christianity. That ethos can be summarized in two basic principles: (1) the earliest Christians focused on living in the light of the Christian message and explaining that message to nonbelievers rather than
Working through a Sample Topic
WORKING THROUGH A SAMPLE TOPICSuppose a reader wants to know what the early Christians believed about the fall of man. Under the entry “Fall of Man,” a number of early Christian texts are cited. Note, though, that selected Scriptures precede the early Christian quotations. The intent is not to include
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
LITERATURE, EARLY CHRISTIAN
LITERATURE, EARLY CHRISTIAN. An array of early Christian literature exists in the first centuries ce, in addition to the NT canon.One collection (though not a compilation from ancient times) is the Apostolic Fathers (see APOSTOLIC FATHERS, CHURCH FATHERS), a name assigned in the 17th cent. to a group
The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media
Early Christian Literature
Early Christian Literature Early Christian texts offer many insights into the intersection between written documents and other means of communication in the early Christian movement(s). This entry concentrates on texts traditionally considered Christian literature—that is, written documents produced