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October 4, 2017
Hi Folks,
I need your help. More specifically listener questions. Once we reach 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 Roman Society
10. Reading Suggestions
11. 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!

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9 Comments
  1. mehmet permalink

    hi,

    I think the list you gave is quite comprehensive.. What I can add is

    –What do we know about liturgy and hymnography of the early church? How did these influenced the church architecture?

    –Also, I’d like some explanations about the liturgical theology..

    • I certainly be sure to include a discussion of liturgy and architecture in the episode on early Christian life and practice!

  2. Evan permalink

    I’d be very interested in learning about the differences in how liturgical and sacramental practices evolved between the Greek east and Latin west. I’m Greek Orthodox and I’ve always wondered how ours and the Catholics traditions came to vary, even though we were united for over 1000 years. Specific things I’d like to know about are the differences between the Divine Liturgy and Mass, Catholics waiting until children are older to give them first communion and confirm them, while Orthodox do this immediately after baptism, and the use of leavened vs unleavened bread for communion. Thank you! Your podcast has become one of my favorites and exactly what I was looking for to learn more about early Church history.

    • Thank you Evan! I’ll certainly cover liturgical and sacramental theology and practices in the episode on early Christian life and practice, with attention to how these developed differently between East and West.

  3. renebroekhoven permalink

    Hi Terry, I would be much interested in the still extant (if any..) objects and buildings from these early beginnings. What kind of ‘churches’ were built, what liturgical objects were used; the more tangible things of that period.

    • Excellent topic! We will certainly be covering Christian material culture from the first three centuries.

  4. Dan permalink

    This certainly gives us listeners something to look forward to. I have just begun listening to the podcast and I am up to episode 14. One question I have is about the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Without listening again to previous episodes, I don’t know that you mentioned it in the podcast. Some Christians give apocalyptic significance to this event, and I have read commentators who believe that the destruction of the temple was the fulfillment of prophecy in Matthew ch. 24. Independently of that, what happened in Jerusalem historically in 70 AD? How did events unfold? What was the result for the Jewish and Christian residents? Thank you again for an excellent podcast. I gave you five stars over at iTunes.

    • Thanks for the great iTunes rating! We covered the Jewish War and destruction of Jerusalem mainly back in episode 7. I’ll certainly cover it again when we discuss Jewish-Christian relations as it it is such critical event. Also, we can certainly survey how early Church fathers interpreted 70 A.D. and Matthew 24 and see if they connected the two. At the very least I think the Jerusalem Church connected the two as they fled over the Trans-Jordan to Pella (a la v. 16). As far as what happened 70 A.D., can you be more specific? Are you asking about the dynamics of the siege itself or how the war began? Or the understanding of the event Jews and Christians assigned to it?

      • Dan Hartzler permalink

        OK. I’ll go back and re-listen to episode 7 and reply if I have further questions. Thank you once again for an excellent podcast.

        Dan

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