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Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective

Ancient Christian Worship: Early Church Practices in Social, Historical, and Theological Perspective
$29.99
An Important Study on the Worship of the Early Church

This introduction to the origins of Christian worship illuminates the importance of ancient liturgical patterns for contemporary Christian practice. Andrew McGowan takes a fresh approach to understanding how Christians came to worship in the distinctive forms still familiar today. Deftly and expertly processing the bewildering complexity of the ancient sources into lucid, fluent exposition, he sets aside common misperceptions to explore the roots of Christian ritual practices--including the Eucharist, baptism, communal prayer, preaching, Scripture reading, and music--in their earliest recoverable settings. Now in paper.
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9780801097874
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2016-01-05
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Baker Academic

Anglo-Saxon Crucifixion Iconography and the Art of the Monastic Revival

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$49.99
This book provides a major study of the drawings, paintings and carvings of the crucifixion from tenth- and eleventh-century England, placing these works of art within the context of the tenth-century monastic revival. The drawings and paintings of the crucifixion are discussed in relation to the literature, theology, liturgy and devotional practices of the late Anglo-Saxon period in order to reveal the richness and subtlety of religious belief at this time. Late Anglo-Saxon religious art is shown to have played a central role in the monastic life; it called to mind the gospel events and set out their theological significance; it demonstrated the truth of the gospel message; it moved men's hearts, allowing them to experience the presence of Christ and to respond as though they had actually been present at His death.
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9780521093088
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2008-12-31
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Cambridge University Press

Apolostic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations 3rd Ed.

Apolostic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations 3rd Ed.
$44.99
Following the publication of his revised translations in The Apostolic Fathers in English, 3rd ed., Michael Holmes, a leading expert on these texts, offers a thoroughly revised and redesigned bilingual edition, featuring Greek (or Latin) and English on facing pages. Introductions and bibliographies are generous and up to date. In the textual apparatus, existing notes have been revised and expanded, and well over 200 new notes have been added. This handsome and handy one-volume, thin-paper edition will be an essential resource for students and scholars and a joy to book lovers.
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9780801034688
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2007-11-01
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Baker Academic

Aquinas's Shorter Summa: St. Thomas Aquinass Own Concise Version of His Summa Theologica (Revised)

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$22.95
From the Church's greatest theologian: the essentials of Catholic doctrine. This book contains Aquinas's simple summary of the Faith. He covers the Trinity, Providence, the Incarnation, the Last Judgment, and much more. It's a concise statement of the key doctrines and elements of the Faith.
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9781928832430
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2005-11-30
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Sophia Institute Press

At Home in the House of My Fathers

At Home in the House of My Fathers
$34.99
Originally published: Fort Wayne, Ind., Lutheran Legacy, c2009.
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9780758630599
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2011-01-01
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Concordia Publishing House

Augustine and the Catechumenate REVISED ED.

Augustine and the Catechumenate REVISED ED.
$39.95
As one of the most influential thinkers in Christian history, St. Augustine (354-430) had a flair for teaching and meditated deeply on the mysteries of the human heart. This study examines a little-known side of his career: his work as a teacher of candidates for baptism. In the revised edition of this seminal book-completed only weeks before the author's untimely death-both the text and notes have been revised to better reflect the state of contemporary scholarship on Augustine, liturgical studies, and the catechumenate, both ancient and modern. This edition also includes new findings from some of the recently discovered sermons of Augustine and incorporates new perspectives from recent research on early Christian biblical interpretation, debates on the Trinity, the evolution of the liturgy, and much more.
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9780814663141
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Catholic Reformation

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$46.95
The Catholic Reformation provides a comprehensive history of the 'Counter Reformation in early modern Europe. Starting from the middle ages, Michael Mullett clearly traces the continuous transformation of the Catholic religion in its structures, bodies and doctrine. He discusses the gain in momentum of Catholic renewal from the time of the Council of Trent, and considers the profound effect of the Protestant Reformation in accelerating its renovation.
This book explores how and why the Catholic Reformation occurred, stressing that moves towards restoration were underway well before the Protestant Reformation. Michael Mullett also shows the huge impact it had not only on the papacy, Church leaders and religious ritual and practice, but also on the lives of ordinary people - their culture, arts, attitudes and relationships.
Ranging across the continent, The Catholic Reformation is an indispensable new survey which provides a wide-ranging overview of the religious, political and cultural history of the time.
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9780415189156
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1999-09-01
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Routledge

Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury

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$18.00
A lively, concise biography of the father of English literature and the tumultuous year that led to "The Canterbury Tales"
At the beginning of 1386, Geoffrey Chaucer lauded today as the father of English literature was a middle-aged Londoner with a modest bureaucratic post; his literary successes had been confined to a small audience of intimate friends. But by year s end, he was swept up in a series of disastrous events that would ultimately leave him jobless, homeless, separated from his wife, and exiled in the countryside of Kent. Unbroken by these worldly reversals, Chaucer pursued a new life in art.
In this highly accessible social history, Paul Strohm, one of the finest medievalists of our time, vividly recreates the bustle of everyday life in fourteenth-century London while he unveils the fascinating story behind Chaucer s journey from personal crisis to rebirth as the immortal poet of "The Canterbury Tales.""
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9780143127833
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2015-10-01
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Penguin Books

Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry (Revised)

Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry (Revised)
$45.95
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9780415106474
Publication Date: 
1994-12-08

Complete Danteworlds: A Reader's Guide to the Divine Comedy

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$34.95

Dante Alighieri s "Divine Comedy "has, despite its enormous popularity and importance, often stymied readers with its multitudinous characters, references, and themes. But until the publication in 2007 of Guy Raffa s guide to the" Inferno," students lacked a suitable resource to help them navigate Dante s underworld. With this new guide to the entire "Divine Comedy," Raffa provides readers experts in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Dante neophytes, and everyone in between with a map of the entire poem, from the lowest circle of Hell to the highest sphere of Paradise.

Based on Raffa s original research and his many years of teaching the poem to undergraduates, "The Complete""Danteworlds" charts a simultaneously geographical and textual journey, canto by canto, region by region, adhering closely to the path taken by Dante himself through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise. This invaluable reference also features study questions, illustrations of the realms, and regional summaries. Interpreting Dante s poem and his sources, Raffa fashions detailed entries on each character encountered as well as on many significant historical, religious, and cultural allusions."

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9780226702704
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2009-05-01
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University of Chicago Press

Dante: The Story of His Life

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Marco Santagata s Dante: The Story of His Life illuminates one of the world s supreme poets from many angles writer, philosopher, father, courtier, political partisan. Santagata brings together a vast body of Italian scholarship on Dante s medieval world, untangles a complex web of family and political relationships for English readers, and shows how the composition of the Commedia was influenced by local and regional politics.

Santagata traces Dante s attempts to establish himself in Florentine society as a man of both letters and action. He raises the intriguing possibility that Dante translated an illness, thought by some to be epilepsy, into an intensely physical phenomenology of love in the Vita Nova. Most importantly, Santagata highlights Dante s constant need to readjust his political stance his involvement with the pro-Papacy Guelph faction as well as his network of patrons in response to unfolding events. Linking these shifts to the changing ethical and political convictions expressed in the Commedia, Santagata reveals the paradoxical achievement of Dante s masterpiece: a unified, universal poem nonetheless intimately entwined with the day-to-day dealings of its author.

The most striking facet of Dante s personality was a belief in his unique destiny. In every aspect of his life his birth under the sign of Gemini, falling in love with Beatrice, banishment from Florence Dante glimpsed the shadow of his fate. This idea, cultivated by the poet in his youth, grew into the conviction that God had invested him with the prophetic mission of saving humanity.

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9780674504868
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2016-04-01
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Belknap Press

Deaconesses:An Historical Stdy

Deaconesses:An Historical Stdy
$19.95
Aime Georges Martimort Since the 17th century the history of deaconesses in the Church has been the subject of numerous monographs. What is most evident about the history of deaconesses, however, is how complex the whole subject is. In this exhaustive and thoroughly researched work, Martimort presents a very readable analysis that has become the standard study of the role of women deaconesses in the early Church. He presents in as complete and objective fashion as possible the history, who and what these deaconesses were and what their functions were. "An excellent book on the topic of ordination of women to the diaconate. A masterpiece of research, and the thorough footnotes and index will increase its value for scholarly work." -The Priest "This book can be considered the last word on the subject of deaconesses. It deserves a wide readership since there is so much interest in the ordination of women." -Homiletic & Pastoral Review
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9780898701142
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Deacons and Deaconesses Through the Centuries

Deacons and Deaconesses Through the Centuries
$41.99
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9780758600578

Devotional Poetry of Donne, Herbert, and Milton

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$5.99

We've all heard about the classics and assume they're great. Some of us have even read them on our own. But for those of us who remain a bit intimidated or simply want to get more out of our reading, Crossway's Christian Guides to the Classics are here to help.

In these short guidebooks, popular professor, author, and literary expert Leland Ryken takes you through some of the greatest literature in history while answering your questions along the way.

Each book:

  • Includes an introduction to the author and work
  • Explains the cultural context
  • Incorporates published criticism
  • Defines key literary terms
  • Contains discussion questions at the end of each unit of the text
  • Lists resources for further study
  • Evaluates the classic text from a Christian worldview
  • This volume leads readers through the devotional poetry of three seventeenth-century poetic geniuses: John Donne, George Herbert, and John Milton.

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    9781433541186
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    2014-08-01
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    Crossway Books

    Didache : Text Translation Analysis And Commentary

    Didache : Text Translation Analysis And Commentary
    $14.95

    Most Christians believe that everything about Jesus and the early church can be found in their New Testament. In recent years, however, the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas and the reconstruction of the Q-Gospel have led scholars to recognize that some very early materials were left out. Now, due to the pioneering efforts of Dr. Aaron Milavec, the most decisive document of them al, namely, the Didache (Did-ah-Kay"), has come to light. Milavec has decoded the Didache and enabled it to reveal its hidden secrets regarding those years when Christianity was little more than a faction within the restless Judaisms of the mid-first-century.

    The Didache reveals a tantalizingly detailed description of the prophetic faith and day-to-day routines that shaped the Jesus movement some twenty years after the death of Jesus. The focus of the movement then was not upon proclaiming the exalted titles and deeds of Jesus - aspects that come to the fore in the letters of Paul and in the Gospel narratives. In contrast to these familiar forms of Christianity, the focus of the Didache was upon "the life and the knowledge" of Jesus himself. Thus, the Didache details the step-by-step process whereby non-Jews were empowered by assimilating the prophetic faith and the way of life associated with Jesus of Nazareth.

    Milavec's clear, concise, and inspiring commentaries are not only of essential importance to scholars, pastors, and students but also very useful for ordinary people who wish to unlock the secrets of the Didache. Milavec's analytic, Greek-English side-by-side, gender-inclusive translation is included as well as a description of how this document, after being fashioned and used 50-70 C.E., was mysteriously lost for over eighteen hundred years before being found in an obscure library in Istanbul. The study questions, bibliography, and flowcharts enable even first-time users to grasp the functional and pastoral genius that characterized the earliest Christian communities.

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    9780814658314

    Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso (in One Volume)

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    $26.00
    This splendid verse translation by Allen Mandelbaum provides an entirely fresh experience of Dante's great poem of penance and hope. As Dante ascends the Mount of Purgatory toward the Earthly Paradise and his beloved Beatrice, through "that second kingdom in which the human soul is cleansed of sin, " all the passion and suffering, poetry and philosophy are rendered with the immediacy of a poet of our own age. With extensive notes and commentary prepared especially for this edition.

    "The English Dante of choice."--Hugh Kenner.

    "Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths."--Robert Fagles, Princeton University.

    "Tough and supple, tender and violent . . . vigorous, vernacular . . . Mandelbaum's Dante will stand high among modern translations."-- "The Christian Science Monitor"

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    9780679433132
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    1995-08-01
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    Everyman's Library

    Dream Visions and Other Poems (Critical)

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    $22.25
    Contexts connects the poems to their classical and medieval foundations and includes works by Virgil, Ovid, Cicero, Boethius, Dante, and Boccaccio, among others From the wealth of scholarly work available, the editor has chosen for Criticism six essays that address the poems central themes. Contributors include Charles Muscatine, A. C. Spearing, R. T. Lenaghan, Richard Firth Green, Elaine Tuttle Hansen, and Steven Kruger A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included. "
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    9780393925883
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    2006-11-30
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    W. W. Norton & Company

    Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age

    Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Postapostolic Age
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    The second century was a religious and cultural crucible for early Christian Christology. Was Christ a man, temporarily inhabited by the divine? Was he a spirit, only apparently cloaked in flesh? Or was he the Logos, truly incarnate? Between varieties of adoptionism on the one hand and brands of Gnosticism on the other, the church's understanding took shape. In this clear and concise introduction, James Papandrea sets out five of the principal images of Christ that dominated belief and debate in the postapostolic age. While beliefs on the ground were likely more tangled and less defined than we can know, Papandrea helps us see how Logos Christology was forged as the beginning of the church's orthodox confession. This informative and clarifying study of early Christology provides a solid ground for students to begin to explore the early church and its Christologies.
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    9780830851270
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    2016-05-01
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    IVP Academic

    Early Christian & Byzantine Art

    Early Christian & Byzantine Art
    $29.95
    John Lowden provides an authoritative account of early Christian and Byzantine art from the third century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. From the grandest public buildings to the smallest personal items, it was - and still is - an art of extraordinary directness, but also of mystery and transcendence. Lowden explains how and why early Christian and Byzantine art was made and used, and situates it within the controversies of its time.
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    9780714831688

    Early Christian Lives

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    Written between the mid-fourth and late sixth centuries to commemorate and glorify the achievements of early Christian saints, these six biographies depict men who devoted themselves to solitude, poverty and prayer. Athanasius records Antony's extreme seclusion in the Egyptian desert, despite temptation by the devil and visits from his followers. Jerome also shows those who fled persecution or withdrew from society to pursue lives of chastity and asceticism in his accounts of Paul of Thebes, Hilarion and Malchus. In his" Life of Martin," Sulpicius Severus describes the achievements of a man who combined the roles of monk, bishop and missionary, while Gregory the Great tells of Benedict, whose Rule became the template for monastic life. Full of vivid incidents and astonishing miracles, these "Lives "have provided inspiration as models for centuries of Christian worship.
    For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
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    9780140435269
    Publication Date: 
    1998-07-01
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    Penguin Books

    Erlanger School of Theology

    Erlanger School of Theology
    $19.95
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    9780978912949

    Faces of Christ

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    $16.95
    A guided tour through what art can teach us about Jesus, using the different ways he has been portrayed throughout history and around the world to provide fresh insights into his personalityJesus is one of the most commonly portrayed figures of all time in the artistic community. But what can all of his varying facescoming from so many different ages and diverse countries around the worldtell us about him as a person? In this beautiful book, images of Jesus are used to explore his life and legacy, including Jesus as shepherd, Jesus as victor, Jesus as broken, and many more. With illuminating text and arresting images, this book is visually stunning and textually inspiringthe perfect gift for anyone with an interest in fine art, spirituality, or both."
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    9780745955223
    Publication Date: 
    2011-08-01
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    Lion Publishing Plc

    First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787): Their History and Theology

    First Seven Ecumenical Councils (325-787): Their History and Theology
    $23.95

    This unique work - no other work yet available in English treats this subject - illustrates the contribution of these Councils in the development and formulation of Christian beliefs. It then shows how their legacies lingered throughout the centuries to inspire - or haunt - every generation.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780814656167
    Publication Date: 
    1987-12-31
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    Michael Glazier Books

    Frederick the Wise

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    Frederick the Wise unlocks research in German to tell the full story of Frederick, one of the most powerful territorial princes of the Holy Roman Empire, and to reveal why Frederick risked his realm of Saxony to protect the fiery monk Martin Luther and reforms of the Church. Features:
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    9780758649171
    Publication Date: 
    2015-04-01
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    Concordia Publishing House