The First Thousand Years Paperback

A Global History of Christianity

by Robert Louis Wilken;

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The First Thousand Years

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How did a community that was largely invisible in the first two centuries of its existence go on to remake the civilizations it inhabited, culturally, politically and intellectually? Beginning with the life of Jesus, Robert Louis Wilken narrates the dramatic spread and development of Christianity over the first thousand years of its history. Moving through the formation of early institutions, practices and beliefs, to the transformations of the Roman world after the conversion of Constantine, he sheds new light on the subsequent stories of Christianity in the Latin West, the Byzantine and Slavic East, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Through a selective narration of particularly noteworthy persons and events, he demonstrates how the coming of Christianity set in motion one of the most profound revolutions the world has known. This is not a story limited to the West; rather, Christian communities in Ethiopia, Nubia, Armenia, Georgia, Persia, central Asia, India and China shaped the course of Christian history. The rise and spread of Islam had a lasting impact on the future of Christianity and several chapters are devoted to the early experiences of Christians under Muslim rule.
Wilken reminds us that the career of Christianity is characterized by decline and attrition as well as by growth and expansion. Ten years in the making and the result of a lifetime of study, this is Robert Louis Wilken's summa, a moving, reflective and commanding account from a scholar at the height of his powers.

The First Thousand Years by Robert Louis Wilken was published by Yale University Press in January 2014 and is our 60229th best seller. The ISBN for The First Thousand Years is 9780300198386.

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Details for The First Thousand Years

Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherYale University Press (January 2014)
Number of Pages416
Thickness24 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4241077
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