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Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World


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Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World offers monographs and edited collections which explore the most cutting-edge research in Early Christianity. Covering all aspects of world of early Christianity, from theology, archaeology and history, to urbanism, class, economics, and sexuality and gender, the series aims to situate these early Christians within the wider context of Late Antiquity.

Comprising both regional studies and broader thematic surveys, this series explores what changed with the advent of Christianity, what remained the same, and how early Christians interacted with, made sense of, and shaped the world around them. Aimed at early Christian scholars, classicists and historians alike, Studies in the Early Christian World is an invaluable resource for anyone researching this fascinating period.

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Valentinus’ Legacy and Polyphony of Voices

Valentinus’ Legacy and Polyphony of Voices

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski
September 24, 2021

This book challenges the popular use of ‘Valentinian’ to describe a Christian school of thought in the second century CE by analysing documents ascribed to ‘Valentinians’ by early Christian Apologists, and more recently by modern scholars after the discovery of codices near Nag Hammadi in Egypt. ...

A New Perspective on the Use of Paul in the Gospel of Mark

A New Perspective on the Use of Paul in the Gospel of Mark

1st Edition

By Cameron Evan Ferguson
March 02, 2021

This volume presents a detailed case for the plausible literary dependence of the Gospel of Mark on select letters of the apostle Paul. The book argues that Mark and Paul share a gospel narrative that tells the story of the life, death, resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ "in accordance...

Resurrecting Parts Early Christians on Desire, Reproduction, and Sexual Difference

Resurrecting Parts: Early Christians on Desire, Reproduction, and Sexual Difference

1st Edition

By Taylor Petrey
December 12, 2019

During the late second and early third centuries C.E. the resurrection became a central question for intellectual commentary, with increasingly tense divisions between those who interpreted the resurrection as a bodily experience and those who did not. The relationship between the resurrected ...

The Legacy of Demetrius of Alexandria 189-232 CE The Form and Function of Hagiography in Late Antique and Islamic Egypt

The Legacy of Demetrius of Alexandria 189-232 CE: The Form and Function of Hagiography in Late Antique and Islamic Egypt

1st Edition

By Maged Mikhail
December 12, 2019

This is the first full-length study of Demetrius of Alexandria (189–232 ce), who generated a neglected, yet remarkable hagiographic program that secured him a positive legacy throughout the Middle Ages and the modern era. Drawing upon Patristic, Coptic, and Arabic sources spanning a millennium, the...

Visions of God and Ideas on Deification in Patristic Thought

Visions of God and Ideas on Deification in Patristic Thought

1st Edition

Edited By Mark Edwards, Elena Ene D-Vasilescu
December 12, 2019

This volume illustrates the complexity and variety of early Christian thought on the subject of the image of God as a theological concept, and the difficulties that arise even in the interpretation of particular authors who gave a cardinal place to the image of God in their expositions of Christian...

The Silencing of Slaves in Early Jewish and Christian Texts

The Silencing of Slaves in Early Jewish and Christian Texts

1st Edition

By Ronald Charles
July 17, 2019

The Silencing of Slaves in Early Jewish and Christian Texts analyzes a large corpus of early Christian texts and Pseudepigraphic materials to understand how the authors of these texts used, abused and silenced enslaved characters to articulate their own social, political, and theological visions. ...

The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise

The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage: Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise

1st Edition

By Stephen E. Potthoff
January 11, 2019

The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage explores how the visionary experiences of early Christian martyrs shaped and informed early Christian ancestor cult and the construction of the cemetery as paradise. Taking the early Christian cemeteries in Carthage as a case study, the volume broadens our ...

Between Jews and Heretics Refiguring Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho

Between Jews and Heretics: Refiguring Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho

1st Edition

By Matthijs den Dulk
May 10, 2018

Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho is the oldest preserved literary dialogue between a Jew and a Christian and a key text for understanding the development of early Judaism and Christianity. In Between Jews and Heretics, Matthijs den Dulk argues that whereas scholarship has routinely cast this ...

The Slave Metaphor and Gendered Enslavement in Early Christian Discourse Double Trouble Embodied

The Slave Metaphor and Gendered Enslavement in Early Christian Discourse: Double Trouble Embodied

1st Edition

By Marianne Bjelland Kartzow
April 11, 2018

The Slave Metaphor and Gendered Enslavement in Early Christian Discourse adds new knowledge to the ongoing discussion of slavery in early Christian discourse. Kartzow argues that the complex tension between metaphor and social reality in early Christian discourse is undertheorized. A metaphor can ...

Reconceiving Religious Conflict New Views from the Formative Centuries of Christianity

Reconceiving Religious Conflict: New Views from the Formative Centuries of Christianity

1st Edition

Edited By Wendy Mayer, Chris L. de Wet
January 31, 2018

Reconceiving Religious Conflict deconstructs instances of religious conflict within the formative centuries of Christianity, the first six centuries CE. It explores the theoretical foundations of religious conflict; the dynamics of religious conflict within the context of persecution and martyrdom;...

Jewish Glass and Christian Stone A Materialist Mapping of the

Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the "Parting of the Ways"

1st Edition

By Eric C. Smith
November 17, 2017

In recent years scholars have re-evaluated the "parting of the ways" between Judaism and Christianity, reaching new understandings of the ways shared origins gave way to two distinct and sometimes inimical religious traditions. But this has been a profoundly textual task, relying on the writings of...

Chromatius of Aquileia and the Making of a Christian City

Chromatius of Aquileia and the Making of a Christian City

1st Edition

By Robert McEachnie
June 28, 2017

Chromatius of Aquileia and the Making of a Christian City examines how the increasing authority of institutionalized churches changed late antique urban environments. Aquileia, the third largest city in Italy during late antiquity, presents a case study in the transformation of elite Roman ...

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