The Cross Before Constantine Paperback

The Early Life of a Christian Symbol

by Bruce W. Longenecker;

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The Cross Before Constantine

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This book brings together, for the first time, the relevant material evidence demonstrating Christian use of the cross prior to Constantine. Bruce W. Longenecker upends a longstanding consensus that the cross was not a Christian symbol until Constantine appropriated it to consolidate his power in the fourth century. Longenecker presents a wide variety of artifacts from across the Mediterranean basin that testify to the use of the cross as a visual symbol by some pre-Constantinian Christians. Those artifacts interlock with literary witnesses from the same period to provide a consistent and robust portrait of the cross as a pre-Constantinian symbol of Christian devotion. The material record of the pre-Constantinian period illustrates that Constantine did not invent the cross as a symbol of Christian faith,- for an impressive number of Christians before Constantine's reign, the cross served as a visual symbol of commitment to a living deity in a dangerous world.

The Cross Before Constantine by Bruce W. Longenecker was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in August 2015. The ISBN for The Cross Before Constantine is 9781451490305.

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Details for The Cross Before Constantine

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (August 2015)
Number of Pages144
Thickness18 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4330179
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