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Ante-Nicean Church History book recommendations
« on: July 16, 2013, 01:31:19 PM »
I am looking for a book on early church history that an Orthodox would recommend. Any suggestions?

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Re: Ante-Nicean Church History book recommendations
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2013, 01:34:00 PM »
Eusebius of Caesarea - Historia Ecclesiastica
Theodoret - Historia Ecclesiastica
Sozomen - Historia Ecclesiastica
Evagrius Scholasticus - Historia Ecclesiastica
Socrates Scholasticus - Historia Ecclesiastica

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Re: Ante-Nicean Church History book recommendations
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2013, 03:40:40 PM »
Theodoret - Historia Ecclesiastica
Sozomen - Historia Ecclesiastica
Evagrius Scholasticus - Historia Ecclesiastica
Socrates Scholasticus - Historia Ecclesiastica

Not a whole lot of ante-Nicene stuff in these.


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Re: Ante-Nicean Church History book recommendations
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2013, 03:44:23 PM »
NVM
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Re: Ante-Nicean Church History book recommendations
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2013, 03:47:37 PM »
John Behr - The Way to Nicaea: The Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 1
Jaroslav Pelikan - The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600)
J. N. D. Kelly - Early Christian Doctrines: Revised Edition

These are somewhat more doctrinal based and less actual history as such.


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Re: Ante-Nicean Church History book recommendations
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2013, 04:20:25 PM »
The Bible.  All of that is ante-Nicaean.  ;)
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Re: Ante-Nicean Church History book recommendations
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2013, 09:10:28 PM »
Jaroslav Pelikan - The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600)

I found the above book at the used book store today and purchased it.  Any heads up before I try to delve in? 

I also found Documents in Early Christian Thought edited by Wiles & Santer from Cambridge University Press which recommends Wiles' book The Christian Fathers as well as Kelly's Early Christian Doctrines as suitable histories of this period.

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Re: Ante-Nicean Church History book recommendations
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2013, 09:30:01 PM »
Jaroslav Pelikan - The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600)

I found the above book at the used book store today and purchased it.  Any heads up before I try to delve in? 

It's been quite a few years since I read it, but fwiw my impressions from what I remember: it's a bit dry but not overly so; it has a good scholarly depth to it; it's probably somewhere between popular level and academic, from what I recall; it covers the bases you'd expect from this period, such as the Christological arguments and such, but it also covers some interesting stuff like how the early writers engaged with (or just dealt with) pagan and pre-Christian beliefs; I'm not sure what group Pelikan was in at the time he wrote it, but I remember the first volume being fairly evenly balanced. Hope you enjoy it!
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