Decoding Early Christianity Hardback

Truth and Legend in the Early Church

by Leslie Houlden; Graham Gould; S.g. Hall; Stephen W. Need; Lionel Wickham;

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Decoding Early Christianity

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The extraordinary success of "The Da Vinci Code" has dramatically intensified interest in the mysterious origins of Christianity. But in fact there has always been huge curiosity about a wide range of contentious issues concerning Jesus and early Church history. Who was the 'real' Jesus? How much do we really know about his disciples? What is written in the 'secret' early Christian writings, such as the "Gnostic Gospel According to Thomas", which begins 'These are the secret words that the living Jesus spoke...'? How did the Church Fathers decide which beliefs were heretical and which weren't? Who were the first Popes and how did they take control of the early Church? "Decoding Early Christianity" addresses such questions, separating truth from legend, and showing how the early Church Fathers and Popes interpreted competing views and traditions to produce, over time, an approved and codified view of Jesus and his followers, and developed an accepted liturgy with which to worship him. Expertly written by a team of distinguished authors, it is a clear and engaging exploration of fact and fiction for anyone who wants to be reliably informed on the subject.The authors show how speculative fancies arise from a mixture of tenuous evidence and wishful thinking, and bring the issues back to the solid - but no less extraordinary - evidence in the Gospels and the Acts.

Decoding Early Christianity by Leslie Houlden; Graham Gould; S.g. Hall; Stephen W. Need; Lionel Wickham was published by Abc-clio in April 2007. The ISBN for Decoding Early Christianity is 9781846450181.

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Page last updated 10th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherAbc-clio (April 2007)
Number of Pages160
Thickness20 mm
Height229 mm
Width192 mm
Product Code1016453
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