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Retrieving History Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church

BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP

9780801096433

Retrieving History

Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church

series: Evangelical Ressourcement

About

This volume introduces the early Christian ideas of history and history writing and shows their value for developing Christian communities of the patristic era. It examines the ways early Christians related and transmitted their history: apologetics, martyrdom accounts, sacred biography, and the genre of church history proper. The book shows that exploring the lives and writings of both men and women of the ancient church helps readers understand how Christian identity is rooted in the faithful work of preceding generations. It also offers a corrective to the individualistic and ahistorical tendencies within contemporary Christianity.

Contents
Foreword by D. H. Williams
Map
Timeline
1. Introduction
2. Ancient History Writing and the Rise of Historical Literary Forms
3. History as Apologetic: Finding a Usable Past
4. Hagiography before the Peace of the Church: The Martyrs' Noble Example
5. Hagiography: Extended Martyrdom in Early Christian Biographies
6. Ecclesiastical History: The Story of the Church
7. Conclusions and Trajectories
Index

  • Format
    Paperback
    ISBN
    9780801096433
    Dimensions
    6 x 9
    Pub. Date
    May 2017
    SRP
    $24.99
    Number of pages
    224



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