Retrieving History

Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church
Author(s): Stefana Dan Laing
Genre: Religion, History
Original Publish Date: Apr 18, 2017
Product Number: EB00684121
Released: Apr 18, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781493406678
Publisher: Baker Academic
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This volume introduces the early Christian ideas of history and history writing and shows their value for developing Christian communities of the patristic era. It examines the ways early Christians related and transmitted their history: apologetics, martyrdom accounts, sacred biography, and the genre of church history proper. The book shows that exploring the lives and writings of both men and women of the ancient church helps readers understand how Christian identity is rooted in the faithful work of preceding generations. It also offers a corrective to the individualistic and ahistorical tendencies within contemporary Christianity.

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