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Books and Articles

I. PRIMARY SOURCES

  • A New Eusebius: Documents Illustrating Church History to A.D. 337– ed. J. Stevenson & W.H.C. Frend
  • The Acts of the Christian Martyrs-  ed. and trans. Herbert Musurillo
  • Ancient Christian Writers Series
    • Vol. 1: Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch– ed. Johannes Quasten and Joseph C. Plumpe
    • Vol. 6: The Didache: The Epistle of Barnabus, the Epistles and the Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, the Fragments of Papias, the Epistle to Diognetus– ed. Johannes Quasten and Joseph C. Plumpe
    • Vol. 10: The Life of Antony – Athanasius, tans. and notes Robert T. Meyer
    • Vol. 25: St. Cyprian: On the Lapsed, On the United of the Catholic Church- trans. and notes by Maurice Bevenot
    • Vol. 43: The Letters of St. Cyprian Volume 1-  trans. and notes G.W. Clarke
    • Vol. 44: The Letters of St. Cyprian Volume 2– trans. and notes G.W. Clarke
    • Vol. 46: The Letters of St. Cyprian Volume 3– trans. and notes G.W. Clarke
    • Vol. 47: The Letters of St. Cyprian Volume 4- trans. and notes G.W. Clarke
    • Vol. 54: Origen: Treatise on Passover and Dialogue with Heraclides- tans. and ed. by Robert J. Daly
  • Ante-Nicene Fathers Series– ed. Philip Schaff
  • The Apostolic Fathers in English– Michael W. Holms
  • Early Christian Fathers– Cyril Richardson
  • Ecclesiastical History- Eusebius of Caesarea, trans. G. A. Williamson
  • Ecclesiastical History- Eusebius of Caesarea, trans. and commentary by H. J. Lawlor and J. E. L. Oulton
  • The Faith of the Early Fathers- William A. Jurgens
  • St. Gregory Thaumaturges: Life and Works- trans. Michael Slusser
  • Holy Bible- NRSV, NKJV, SAAS, and ESV
  • Iulius Africanus: Chronographiae: The Extant Fragments- Julius Africanus, trans. William Adler
  • The Life of Antony: The Coptic and Greek Life – Athanasius, trans. Tim Vivian and Apostolos N. Athanasssakis
  • Lives of the Desert Fathers – trans. Norman Russell, intro. Benedicta Ward SLG
  • Origen: Contra Celsum- trans. and notes Henry Chadwick
  • On Pascha– Melito of Sardis, trans. Alistair Stewart-Sykes
  • Roman State & Christian Church: A Collection of Legal Documents– P.R. Coleman-Norton
  • The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection – trans. Benedicta Ward SLG, pre. Metropolitan Anthony
  • Second Century Christianity: A Collection of Fragments– Robert M. Grant

II. SECONDARY SOURCES

GENERAL

  • Augustus to Constantine: The Rise of Christianity in the Roman World– Robert M. Grant
  • Backgrounds of Early Christianity-Everett Ferguson
  • The Cambridge History of Christianity Vol. 1: Origins to Constantine- Margaret M. Mitchell & Frances M. Young
  • The Church in Ancient Society: From Galilee to Gregory the Great– Henry Chadwick
  • Early Christian Thinkers: The Lives and Legacies of Twelve Key Figures- ed. Paul Foster
  • The Early Church- Henry Chadwick
  • Encyclopeda of Early Christianity- ed. Everett Ferguson
  • Patrology Vol. I: The Beginnings of Patristic Literature– Johannes Quasten
  • Patrology Vol. 2: The Ante-Nicene Literature After Irenaeus- Johannes Quasten
  • The Rise of Christianity– W. H. C. Frend

BIBLE

  • The Biblical Canon: Its Origin, Transmission, and Authority- Lee Martin McDonald
  • The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance- Bruce M. Metzger
  • Handbook of Patristic Exegesis- Charles Kannengiesser

DOCTRINE AND THEOLOGY

  • The Christian Tradition Vol. 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600)– Jaroslav Pelikan
  • Early Christian Doctrines- J.N.D. Kelly
  • The Way to Nicaea– John Behr

CHRISTIAN LIFE & PRACTICE

  • Baptism in the Early Church- Everett Ferguson

JUDAISM

  • In the Shadow of the Temple: Jewish Influences on Early Christianity- Oskar Skarsaune
  • Jesus in the Talmud– Peter Schafer
  • Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries– Oskar Skarsaune
  • Jude and the Relatives of Jesus in the Early Church- Richard Bauckham

ROMAN EMPIRE AND PERSECUTION

  • Aurelian and the Third Century – Alaric Watson
  • “Caecilius Capella: Persecutor of Christians, Defender of Byzantium.”- Anthony R. Birley, Universitat Dusseldorf
  • The Christians As the Romans Saw Them– Robert Louis Wilken
  • Constantine and Eusebius– Timothy D. Barnes
  • Early Christian Hagiography and Roman History- Timothy D. Barnes
  • Hadrian and the Christians– ed. Marco Rizzi
  • “Imperial Religious Policy and Valerian’s Persecution of the Church, A.D. 257-260”- Christopher J. Haas; Church History, Vol. 52, No. 2 (Jun., 1983), pp. 133-144
  • Imperial Rome and the Christians Vol. 1: From Herod the Great to About 200 A.D.- Paul Keresztes
  • Imperial Rome and the Christians Vol. 2: From the Severi to Constantine the Great- Paul Keresztes
  • “Legislation Against Christians”- Timothy D. Barnes, Journal of Roman Studies vol. 58
  • Marcus Aurelius: A Biography– Anthony R. Birley
  • Martyrdom and Persecution in the Early Church– W.H.C. Frend
  • The Roman Empire at Bay: AD 180-395- David Potter
  • The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine- Patricia Southern
  • Septimius Severus: The African Emperor- Anthony J. Birley

APOSTLES AND APOSTOLIC FATHERS

  • Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary-Ben Witherington III
  • Anchor Bible Commentary: Acts of the Apostles- Joseph A. Fitzmyer
  • The Didache (Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible)–  Kurt Niederwimmer
  • IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament-Craig Keener
  • New Testament History: A Narrative Account– Ben Witherington III

HERESY

  • Ancient Gnosticism: Traditions and Literature– Birger A. Pearson

GREEK APOLOGISTS AND IRENAEUS

  • Greek Apologists of the Second Century- Robert M. Grant
  • Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity- John Behr
  • Justin Martyr: His Life and Thought– L.W. Barnard

ROME AND ITALY

  • Christianity in Ancient Rome: The First Three Centuries– Bernard Green
  • From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries- Peter Lampe
  • Hippolytus and the Roman Church in the Third Century: Communities in Tension Before the Emergence of a Monarch-Bishop- Allen Brent
  • Novatian of Rome and the Culmination of Pre-Nicene Orthodoxy- James L. Papandrea

CARTHAGE AND AFRICA

  • Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of its Practices and Beliefs- ed. J. Patout Burns Jr. & Robin M. Jensen
  • Cyprian- Michael M. Sage
  • Cyprian and Roman Carthage- Allen Brent
  • Cyprian the Bishop- J. Patout Burns Jr.
  • The Donatist Church: A Movemant of Protest in Roman North Africa- W.H.C. Frend
  • Perpetua’s Passion: The Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman- Joyce E. Salisbury
  • Prophecy in Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian– Cecil M. Robeck
  • Tertullian- Geoffrey D. Dunn
  • Tertullian: A Historical and Literary Study- Timothy D. Banres

ALEXANDRIA AND EGYPT

  • Clement of Alexandria– Eric Osborn
  • The Early Coptic Papacy: The Egyptian Church and its Leadership in Late Antiquity- Stephen J. Davis
  • Early Egyptian Christianity: From Its Origins to 451 C.E.- C. Wilfred Griggs

ORIGEN

  • Origen– Joseph Trigg
  • Origen: The Bible and Philosophy in the Third Century- Joseph Trigg
  • Origen: The Life and Thought of the First Theologian- Henri Crouzel
  • Origen: Scholarship in Service of the Church- Ronald E. Heine

SYRIA, PALESTINE, AND THE ROMAN NEAR EAST

  • Christianity and the Transformation of the Book: Origen, Eusebius, and the Library of Caesarea- Anthony Grafton and Megan Williams
  • Gregory of Neocaesarea: Evangelist in the Province of Pontus- Graham Lovell
  • Julius Africanus and the Early Christian View of Magic- Francis C. R. Thee
  • “Paul of Samosata, Zenobia and Aurelian: The Church, Local Culture and Political Allegiance in Third-Century Syria” – Fegus Millar
  • Religious Rivalries and Struggles for Success in Caesarea Maritima- ed. Terence L. Donaldson
  • Roman Edessa: Politics and Culture on the Eastern Fringes of the Roman Empire, 114-242 C.E.- Steven K. Ros

MONASTICISM

  • Asceticism in the Greco-Roman World – Richard Frinn Op
  • Desert Christians: An Introduction to the Literature of Early Monasticism – William Harmless
  • The Letters of St. Antony: Monasticism and the Making of Saint – Samuel Rubenson

CHURCH OF THE EAST

  • The Church of the East: An Illustrated History of Assyrian Christianity – Christoph Baumer
  • The Martyred Church: A History of the Church of the East –  David Wilmshurst
  • Rome and Persia in Late Antiquity: Neighbours and Rivals – Beate Dignas and Engelbert Winter
  • Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire – Touraj Daryaee
  • Zoroastrianism: An Introduction – Jenny Rose

 

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