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Handbooks offer subject introductions. They include brief histories of the subject in question, individual chapters on particular aspects of the subject, and bibliographies. Handbooks provide quick and accessible information on topics encountered when studying ancient Christianity.
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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies by Susan Ashbrook Harveyintroduction to the academic study of early Christianity (c. 100-600 AD), thematically arranged to encompass history, literature, thought, practices, and material culture. essays orientate readers to a given topic, as well as to the trajectory of research developments over the past 30-50 years within the scholarship itself. Guidance for future research is also given. Online available.
Handbook of Patristic Exegesis by Charles Kannengiesserview of the reception, transmission, and interpretation of the Bible in the life and thought of the Church during the first five centuries of Christianity. This one volume edition is an unabridged version of the two volume edition that was published in 2004 (no longer available). 2 volumes.
The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity by Scott Fitzgerald Johnsoncovers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. Online available.