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Theme of the Month: Early Christianity

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These titles explore the rise of early Christianity and its growth into Late Antiquity, covering topics such as philosophy, art, the early Christian city, and everyday life and culture. Our new research series Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World covers a varied array of topics in this period, with more exciting titles to come.

Early Christianity

  • The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art

    Edited by Robin M. Jensen, Mark D. Ellison

    The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art surveys a broad spectrum of Christian art produced from the late second through the sixth centuries. The first part of the book opens with a general survey of the subject and then presents fifteen essays that discuss specific media of visual…

    Hardback – 2018-05-17 
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  • Early Christian Ritual Life

    By Richard E. DeMaris, Jason T. Lamoreaux, Steven C. Muir

    Scholars across many fields have come to realize that ritual is an integral element of human life and a vital aspect of all human societies. Yet, this realization has been slow to develop among scholars of early Christianity. Early Christian Ritual Life attempts to counteract the undervaluing of…

    Paperback – 2017-11-23
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  • The Early Christian World

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Philip F. Esler

    Since its publication in 2000, The Early Christian World has come to be regarded by scholars, students and the general reader as one of the most informative and accessible works in English on the origins, development, character and major figures of early Christianity. In this new edition, the…

    Hardback – 2017-07-24
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    Routledge Worlds

  • Chromatius of Aquileia and the Making of a Christian City

    By Robert McEachnie

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-06-23
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    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • The Unbound God

    Slavery and the Formation of Early Christian Thought

    By Chris L. de Wet

    This volume examines the prevalence, function, and socio-political effects of slavery discourse in the major theological formulations of the late third to early fifth centuries AD, arguably the most formative period of early Christian doctrine. The question the book poses is this: in what way did…

    Hardback – 2017-06-20
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    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • The Popes and the Church of Rome in Late Antiquity

    By John Moorhead

    In the past few decades there has been an explosion of interest in the period of late antiquity. Rather than being viewed within a paradigm of the fall of the Roman Empire, these centuries have come to be seen as a time of immense creativity and significance in western history. Popes and the Church…

    Paperback – 2017-06-16
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    Routledge Studies in Ancient History

  • The Legacy of Demetrius of Alexandria 189-232 CE

    The Form and Function of Hagiography in Late Antique and Islamic Egypt

    By Maged Mikhail

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-12-13
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    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage

    Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise

    By Stephen E. Potthoff

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-12-02
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    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • Visions of God and Ideas on Deification in Patristic Thought

    Edited by Mark Edwards, Elena Ene D-Vasilescu

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-11-02
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    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity

    A Sourcebook, 2nd Edition

    By A. D. Lee

    In Pagans and Christians in Late Antiquity, A.D. Lee documents the transformation of the religious landscape of the Roman world from one of enormous diversity of religious practices and creeds in the 3rd century to a situation where, by the 6th century, Christianity had become the dominant…

    Paperback – 2015-08-26
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    Routledge Sourcebooks for the Ancient World

  • Resurrecting Parts

    Early Christians on Desire, Reproduction, and Sexual Difference

    By Taylor Petrey

    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…

    Hardback – 2015-07-27
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    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • Early Christian Dress

    Gender, Virtue, and Authority

    By Kristi Upson-Saia

    Early Christian Dress is the first full-length monograph on the subject of dress in early Christianity. It pays attention to the ways in which dress expressed and shaped Christian identity, the role dress played in Christians’ rivalries with pagan neighbours, and especially to the ways in which…

    Paperback – 2014-05-30
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    Routledge Studies in Ancient History

  • The Philosophy of Early Christianity

    By George E. Karamanolis

    George Karamanolis shows that early Christian thinkers, following the example of classical philosophy, developed a highly sophisticated method of philosophical thinking by means of which they constructed some of the most fundamental doctrines of Christianity. The book examines the character of…

    Paperback – 2013-12-10
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  • Understanding Early Christian Art

    By Robin Margaret Jensen

    Understanding Early Christian Art is designed for students of both religion and of art history. It makes the critical tools of art historians accessible to students of religion, to help them understand better the visual representations of Christianity. It will also aid art historians in…

    Paperback – 2000-02-17
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