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In The Early Church at Work and Worship, Everett Ferguson provides his readers with a clear historical and literary examination of the nature of the church. He analyzes historical documents to determine the images used by ancient theologians and authors in referencing the church. These two volumes focus on rituals of intensification or rites of passage that serve as the markers and the sacraments of the Church. Volume one centers on ministry, ordination, covenant, and canon and relies on early church sources and the fathers for source material. Volume two focuses on catechesis, baptism, eschatology, and martyrdom, heavily depending on patristic authors such as Origen and Clement of Alexandria.

For more study of the early church, check out Eerdmans Studies in Early Christianity (9 vols.).

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Key Features

  • Offers biblical scholarship from the early Church Fathers
  • Focuses on ritual as a means of identifying the Church
  • Written in clear, helpful style that proves useful in ministry settings

Praise for the Print Edition

These essays, spanning four decades of Ferguson’s scholarship, sum up major discussions of ministry and canon in early Christianity. Especially useful for exploring the terminology surrounding ordination, these essays are vintage Ferguson.

—Elizabeth A. Clark, professor of religion, Duke University

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The Early Church at Work and Worship: vol. 1, Ministry, Ordination, Covenant, and Canon

  • Author: Everett Ferguson
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 354

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Renowned scholar on the early church Everett Ferguson provides modern students and teachers with a thoroughly readable analysis of ritual in the early church. He uses early source materials to illuminate ancient practice in a way that helps modern Christians in their own expressions of faith. In this volume, the broad topics of ministry, ordination, covenant, and canon are covered in detail. These essays are useful and helpful for ministers and laity alike.

The Early Church at Work and Worship: vol. 2, Catechesis, Baptism, Eschatology, and Martyrdom

  • Author: Everett Ferguson
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 312

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In the second volume of this collection, Everett Ferguson delves more deeply into the later writings of the early church fathers, relying on their insight to lead readers on a journey through the rituals of ancient and modern Christianity. The continuity from the earliest times is clearly seen in his careful presentation of what early Christian thinkers believed and wrote about Catechesis, Baptism, Eschatology, and Martyrdom.

This volume is another great contribution by Everett Ferguson toward a better understanding of the practices of the early church. Because of his vast and thorough knowledge of the original documents, as well as scholarly studies that contribute to one’s understanding of their context, Ferguson’s essays in this volume are an indispensable contribution to this field of study.

—Earl D. Lavender, director of missional studies, Lipscomb University

About Everett Ferguson

Everett Ferguson is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Abilene Christian University. He is author of Backgrounds of Early Christianity, Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries, The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today, and Church History, vol. 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation. Ferguson received the Distinguished Service Award from the North American Patristics Society and the Vestigia Award for Excellence in Early Christian Studies and Service to the Church from the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies.

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