The Beginnings of the Church masterfully summarizes the dramatic shifts in the way scholars understand the first-century church. Using the latest scholarship, Frederick J. Cwiekowski traces the church’s story from its origins in the ministry of Jesus to the end of the New Testament period.
Cwiekowski reviews the ministry of Jesus, the Resurrection, Pentecost, and how these events formed the mission of the early church. He discusses growth and development in the ancient church, the death of the apostles, the fall of Jerusalem, the entrance of the Gentiles into the church, and the gradual separation of the church from Judaism.
Ecumenical in its scope, The Beginnings of the Church is a valuable guide for church historians, seminarians, and priests.
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For more on the New Testament period, take a look at the Raymond E. Brown Collection (5 vols.).
Let those who are interested in a very intelligent and respectful survey that could win a high degree of centrist agreement read this book with gratitude.
—Raymond E. Brown, SS, from the Foreword
Frederick J. Cwiekowski is a priest of the archdiocese of Hartford and a member of the Society of St. Sulpice. He is a professor of systematic theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and visiting professor of Christology and ecclesiology in the masters of religious education program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston.