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Christianity in Roman Africa : the development of its practices and beliefs / J. Patout Burns, Jr. & Robin M. Jensen ; in collaboration with Graeme W. Clarke, Susan T. Stevens, William Tabbernee, Maureen A. Tilley.

Author/Creator:
Burns, J. Patout, author.
Publication:
Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.
Format/Description:
Book
liii, 670 pages, 64 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Africa -- Church history.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
Form/Genre:
Church history.
Summary:
"Using a combination of literary and archeological evidence, this in-depth, illustrated book documents the development of Christian practices and doctrine in Roman Africa--contemporary Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco--from the second century through the Arab conquest in the seventh century. Robin Jensen and Patout Burns, in collaboration with Graeme W. Clarke, Susan T. Stevens, William Tabbernee, and Maureen A. Tilley, skillfully reconstruct the rituals and practices of Christians in the ancient buildings and spaces where those practices were performed. Numerous site drawings and color photographs of the archeological remains illuminate the discussions. This work provides valuable new insights into the church fathers Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine. Most significantly, it offers a rich, unprecedented look at early Christian life in Roman Africa, including the development of key rituals and practices such as baptism and eucharist, the election and ordination of leaders, marriage, and burial. In exploring these, Christianity in Roman Africa shows how the early African Christians consistently fought to preserve the holiness of the church amid change and challenge."--Publisher's Web site.
Contents:
Christianity in North Africa to Diocletian
The Christian imperial period : Diocletian to the Vandals
Fifth-century conflicts : Vandal Arians and African Nicenes
Survey of the archeological evidence for Christian practice
Becoming a Christian : the ritual of baptism
Living in peace : the celebration of word and eucharist
Keeping the church pure : excluding and readmitting sinners
Leadership : the clergy and the sacrament of orders
Forms of Christian life : marriage, virginity, and widowhood
The ending of Christian life : death and burial
Honoring the victorious heroes : the cult of the martyrs
Pious practices of Christian living
The church and its holiness.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Jensen, Robin Margaret, 1952- author.
ISBN:
0802869319
OCLC:
828889008
Publisher Number:
99960893659
Status/Location:
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