This collection by Edwin Hatch—minister, professor, theologian, and scholar—brings forth his consequential and impactful research on early Christian history in three accessible volumes. This anthology begins with Hatch’s controversial lectures on Greek influences upon early Christian doctrine, followed by his thoughts on the growth and change of modern Christianity from its original foundations, and culminates with his historical accounting of the formation of the Church as an organization.
For more than a century, Hatch’s work on Christian history, Greek linguistics, Septuagint research, and textual criticism has been lauded for its authority and influence. A lecturer at Trinity College and Oxford University, Hatch’s substantial contribution to Christian thought and biblical exegesis has been astounding.
With Hatch’s customary rich prose and expansive research, these books are perceptive and exceptional in their scholarship. Perfect for students, theologians, scholars, and historians, this 3-volume set is integral to early Church history studies.
The treasure chest of Greco-Roman analogues and parallels that Edwin Hatch opened for New Testament students remains open. It is a wonderful resource that we should continue to mine.
—Journal of Biblical Literature, 1999
Edwin Hatch (1835–1889) studied at Cambridge and then graduated from Pembroke College at Oxford University. Ordained in 1859, Hatch proceeded to teach at a number of schools and universities, including Trinity College in Toronto and Oxford University, where he returned as vice-principal of St. Mary Hall. A noted theologian and scholar, his books regularly provoked controversy and criticism.