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Update: Myth of Black Athanasius
See ancient maps of "Africa". Was Athanasius an "African" bishop? We must be careful to read history AS IS rather than making history fit our modern world.

Resources - Learning more about Early Church History

There are many good texts on Christian history - these happen to be my favorite authors and texts for the first few centuries.

Recommended Texts
Rise of Christianity, by W.H.C. Frend. This is the text I recommend most - around 1,000 pages covering the first 600 years of Christian history. It is not a text that you expect to sit and read completely through - rather, it will serve as an outstanding reference book when you want/need to learn about a particular subject...like the Council of Nicea!

The Early Church, by Henry Chadwick. This is an excellent, yet less intimidating text on early church history. Chadwick was a premier British scholar and a great writer.

Men and Movements in the Primitive Church: Studies in Early Non-Pauline Christianity, by F.F. Bruce. One of my favorite scholars, this little text (a mere 159 pages) is simply power-packed with scholarship and significant implications in the study of early christianity and the New Testament.

Other Good Texts:
Pagans and Christians, by Robin Lane Fox.
A History of the Early Church, Vol.1-4 by Hans Lietzmann (English translation by Bertram Woolf).

Articles and Papers by R.A. Baker
How the New Testament Canon was Formed
Review of Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities
An Introduction to Gnostic Texts
An Introduction to "The Sayings of the Desert Fathers"
"Second Repentance" in the Early Church: The Influence of The Shepherd of Hermas
Wine in the Ancient World
The Da Vinci Code: Fact, Fiction, or Faith?

Other Articles
The Virtue of Simplicity in The Shepherd of Hermas by John S. Gibson, III
Decoding The Da Vinci Code, by N.T. Wright
Why the 'Lost Gospels' Lost Out, by Ben Witherington III
Epistemology and Metaphysics: A Theological Critique, by Bruce E. Baker

 



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