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The Church in Ancient Society: From Galilee to Gregory the Great

Henry Chadwick


This book provides a detailed narrative history of the first six centuries of the Christian Church, from the first followers of Jesus to the papacy of Gregory the Great (590–604). It describes how Christianity, initially a persecuted sect, developed the ideas and organization to fulfil its ambition of being a universal faith, not tied to any particular people. The new religion had to separate itself completely from Judaism and set about the capture of the society and state of the Roman Empire during the centuries when the Empire divided into a Latin west and a Greek east and was beset by invas ... More

Keywords: Christian Church, Christian theology, Church fathers, Eastern Church, papacy, Roman Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780199246953
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199246955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Chadwick, author
Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

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