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Spring 2018 Update and Bonus Episode

Hello listeners,

Though it pains me to say it, episode 42 on the Bible in the first three centuries of the Church is going to have to get pushed until April. Recent events at the office have made my day job much busier, and this combined with the grad school mid-term season has made impossible for me to devout the necessary time to show. The good news is first, there is still time to submit your questions for the next episode on the early Christian Bible (many of you have already sent in great questions!). Second, as a way of making it up to you all for the delay, I have a special bonus episode in the works for the is spring which I think all of you will find really cool.

My sincere apologies and thank you again for your continued support!



We have reached over 200,000 downloads! I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you listeners out there for making this podcast possible. Keep your questions coming for our First Three Centuries series episodes!

41- To the Ends of the Earth

In this episode we look back at the expansion and geographical distribution of Christianity in the first three centuries…

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40 – The First Three Centuries

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Hi Folks, I need your help. More specifically listener questions. Now that we’ve reached the end of the third century, we’re going to take an extended break from the narrative and focus on key topics related to the first three centuries of the early Church. Here’s a list of what will be covered:

  1. Geographic Spread of Christianity up to c. 300 A.D.
  2. Scriptures, Canons, and Interpretations
  3. The Trinity and Christology
  4. Salvation and Anthropology
  5. Afterlife, Endtimes, and the Spiritual Realm
  6. Christian Life and Practice
  7. Orthodoxy and Heresy
  8. Early Church and Judaism
  9. Christianity and Greco-Roman Society
  10. Q&A episode

Please send me, via email, comment, or PM, any questions you have related to the show. Feel free to ask me just about anything and I’ll try to incorporate your questions into my research. If your question doesn’t get covered in one of the topical episodes, I’ll be sure to include it in the Q&A episode at the end. Please keep in mind that these episodes will take me longer to research and produce. Thanks again for all your support!

39 – Eusebius and his Contemporaries

We conclude the third century by looking at the father of Church history and the luminaries of his day…


You can find online a public domain English translation of Eusebius’ major works from the Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series 2, Vol. 1 here

For a translation of Methodius’ work from the same series see here


Eusebius of Caesarea

Diocletian Aureus

Aureus of Diocletian

On the usurpers Domitianus and Achilleus see here


38 – The First Monk of the World

We introduce Christian monasticism into our narrative, by looking at the so-called first monk, Antony of Egypt…


Antony Greek Icon

Greek Icon of Antony

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Coptic Icon of Antony

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The Temptation of Saint Antony – Schongauer

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The Temptation of St. Antony – Michelangelo

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Map of Monastic Egypt from The Lives of the Desert Fathers – Ward and Russell

37 – East of the Euphrates

We look at the early Church of the East and its world in the lands of Mesopotamia and Persia…


Additional Links

  • Nestorian – Site dedicated to information about the Church of the East
  • Sasanika – Site run by scholars of Late Antique Iran and Sassanid studies
Sassanian Empire map

Map of the Sassanid Empire


The Sassanid King Shapur I (Right) clasping the wrist of emperor Valerian (Center), and emperor Philip the Arab (Left) kneeling before the Shahanshah

Bahram I

Bahram I –

Bahram II

Bahram II –