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Understandings of the Church explores the ways imagery is used by biblical writers and early Christian teachers such as Cyprian, Ignatius of Antioch, Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen to describe the concept of church. Focused on the historical self-understanding of the body of Christ, this resource provides a nuanced treatment of how different authors interacted with ecclesiology. Pastors, scholars, and lay-Christians will be able to utilize this text to better understand their corporate identity as a part of the church.

Author Bio

Everett Ferguson (1933–) received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and served on the faculty of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, beginning in 1962, where he taught church history and Greek. He is now professor emeritus in its College of Biblical Studies and distinguished scholar-in-residence. Although he retired from full-time teaching in 1990 to devote himself to research, he occasionally teaches a few classes at ACU. He is the author of many books, including Backgrounds of Early Christianity.


This title is also included as a part of the following collection

  1. Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources Collection (4 vols.)