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Primitive Christianity

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This is a critical account of the state-of-the-art of scholarship in earliest Christianity, and where and how it should move forward. It offers an authoritative account of contemporary scholarship and evaluates the work of all major scholars in the field, from Britain, America and around the world, as well as a critical analysis of all the published writings in Early Christianity over the last 25 years of the 20th century. Gerd Lüdemann evaluates all the contributions and defines the most significant areas for future research.

This resource is also available as part of the Church Origins Collection (10 vols.)

Key Features

  • An essential resource for understanding the current state of scholarship on the Early Church
  • Goes beyond the basic survey and also provides an detailed and critical analysis
  • Includes detailed indexes and a superbly extensive bibliography


  • An Overview of the Demarcation of Primitive Christianity: The Task and the Method of Description
  • A Survey and Critique of Recent Conventional Reconstructions of Primitive Christianity
  • A Survey and Critique of Recent Studies in the Social History of Primitive Christianity
  • A Survey and Critique of Recent Studies in Primitive Christianity from the Perspective of Feminist Theology
  • A Survey and Critique of Recent Studies in the Environment of Primitive Christianity
  • A Survey and Critique of Recent Studies in Primitive Christianity in the Different Centers of the Roman Empire
  • A Survey and Critique of Recent Studies of Individual Problems Conclusion
  • Appendices
    • On the Problem of Pre-Christian Gnosticism
    • Gerd Theissen's A Theory of Primitive Christian Religion

Praise for the Print Edition

Scholars of Primitive Christianity will profit from Professor Lündemann’s incisive comments on whether or not recent studies enrich our historical knowledge.

—Heikki Räisänen

  • Title: Primitive Christianity: A Survey of Recent Studies and Some New Proposals
  • Author: Gerd Lüdemann
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Print Publication Date: 2003
  • Logos Release Date: 2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Church history › Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-03-24T22:27:23Z

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Gerd Lündemann is Professor of New Testament at the University of Gottingen and the author of Virgin Birth? The Real Story of Mary and Her Son Jesus.

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