Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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Canadian Scholars
History / Religion
282 pages
6 x 9 inches
October 1998
Print ISBN: 9781551300832


Church and Society in Documents, 100-600 AD illustrates the diversity of early Christian literature, with its many genres, its many cultural settings, and its many purposes and functions. The documents included in the volume are truly primary sources, witnesses in the first six centuries of Christianity. In them, students can read the very words of early Christians.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Pliny-Trajan Correspondence

Chapter 2
Ignatius, To the Ephesians

Chapter 3
Gospel of Thomas

Chapter 4
Justin, Second Apology

Chapter 5
Martyrdom of Perpetua

Chapter 6
Hippolytus? Apostolic Tradition?

Chapter 7
Origen, "First Homily on the Song of Songs"

Chapter 8
Cyprian, Treatise to Demetrianus

Chapter 9
Acts of the Council of Nicea

Chapter 10
Gregory Nazianzen, Letters 101, 102, 202 (Against the Apollinarians)

Chapter 11
Ambrose, Letters 20, 21

Chapter 12
John Crysostom, Homilies on the Gospel of St. John, 62

Chapter 13
Paulinus of Nola, Letter 29

Chapter 14
Augustine of Hippo, Letter 211 ("The Rule")

Chapter 15
Patrick, Confession

Chapter 16
Pope Leo I, "The Tome"

Chapter 17
Antonius, The LIfe and Daily Mode of Living of Blessed Simeon the Stylite

Chapter 18
The Penitential of Columbanus

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