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Faith in the City: How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers

Faith in the City: How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers

Christian History Institute (CHI), publisher of Christian History magazine (CH), announces its latest issue, titled: Faith in the City – How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers. The entire issue focuses on how Christians lived in early urban centers and emerging cities, which became building blocks of Western Civilization. This issue, #124, examines the ancient “city movement” together […]

David Aune: Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity

David Aune: Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity

David E. Aune, Apocalypticism, Prophecy, and Magic in Early Christianity (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), 496 pages, ISBN 9780801035944. This volume is a collection of twenty essays (one previously unpublished) from the pen of David E. Aune, Walter Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Notre Dame. Aune’s expertise in the […]

The Spirit of Augustine's Early Theology, reviewed by Tony Richie

The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology, reviewed by Tony Richie

Chad Tyler Gerber, The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology: Contextualizing Augustine’s Pneumatology (Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2012), 221 pages, ISBN 9781409424376. Chad Tyler Gerber is Assistant Professor of Theology at Walsh University, USA. This book is part of the Ashgate Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity. The series focuses on major theologians from […]

Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries

Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries

  Oskar Skarsaune and Reidar Hvalvik, eds., Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2007), 930 pages, ISBN 9781565637634. This volume is an imposing compendium of scholarly research into the Jewish Christianity of the first several centuries. The book features essays on nearly every major representative and aspect of this important stream within […]

Laurie Guy: Introducing Early Christianity

Laurie Guy: Introducing Early Christianity

  Laurie Guy, Introducing Early Christianity: A Topical Survey of Its Life, Beliefs & Practices (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 310 pages, ISBN 9780830826988. In Introducing Early Christianity, Laurie Guy, a lecturer in church history at Carey Bible College in Auckland, New Zealand, and a lecturer with the School of Theology at the University of […]

Signs and Wonders in the Early Post-Apostolic Era

Signs and Wonders in the Early Post-Apostolic Era

  History teaches that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit did not cease with the first apostles—the early church demonstrated signs and wonders of God’s work in the world.   Cessationism teaches that the types of signs and wonders evidenced in the New Testament are not for today. The reasons given by cessationists are […]

Magnus Zetterholm: The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity

Magnus Zetterholm: The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity

  Magnus Zetterholm, ed., The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007), xxvii + 163 pages, ISBN 9780800621087. The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity presents the papers read at a meeting at Lund University in 2006. Three of the essayists are from Sweden, while the other two flew in from Yale University. […]

Proclaiming the Gospel with Miraculous Gifts in the Postbiblical Early Church

Proclaiming the Gospel with Miraculous Gifts in the Postbiblical Early Church

  Many stories in Christian history are filled with accounts of charismatic gifts, miracles, signs and wonders.   The emergence of the Pentecostal, the neoPentecostal or charismatic, and third wave movements in our century has raised a variety of vital questions that demand answers. Among these is the issue of whether the spiritual gifts enumerated […]

Martin Erdmann: The Millennial Controversy in the Early Church

Martin Erdmann: The Millennial Controversy in the Early Church

  Martin Erdmann, The Millennial Controversy in the Early Church (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2005), 228 pages. Martin Erdmann’s text is a worthy contribution to the study of biblical and patristic eschatology (doctrine of the Last Things). With an educational background in both church history and New Testament, Erdmann utilizes all of his […]

Richard Longenecker: Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today

Richard Longenecker: Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today

  Richard N. Longenecker, ed., Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2002), 251 + xix pages, ISBN 9780801046964. The new believer is not likely to progress far in his or her spiritual walk before coming across someone calling the church today to return to our New […]

Across the Lines: Charles Parham’s Contribution to the Inter-Racial Character of Early Pentecostalism, by Eddie Hyatt

Across the Lines: Charles Parham’s Contribution to the Inter-Racial Character of Early Pentecostalism, by Eddie Hyatt

With comments by Pauline Parham, daughter-in-law of Charles Parham, who passed away at the age of 94 on December 22, 2003 He has been called a “rabid racist” and a “white supremacist.” He has been vilified as the progenitor of racial prejudice in the Pentecostal movement. Some believe that any traces of racism among modern […]

James Goff and Grant Wacker: Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders

James Goff and Grant Wacker: Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders

  James R. Goff Jr. and Grant Wacker, eds., Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders (Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 430 pages. The introduction to this book tells us that no real compelling interest existed in the 20 people whose lives are described therein for the first 50 years of the 20th […]

William and Robert Menzies: Spirit and Power, Empowered for Witness, and The Development Of Early Christian Pneumatology

William and Robert Menzies: Spirit and Power, Empowered for Witness, and The Development Of Early Christian Pneumatology

  A triple review of books by Robert Menzies and his father William, essay by Grant Hochman. Robert P. Menzies, The Development Of Early Christian Pneumatology: with special reference to Luke-Acts (Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 1991). Robert P. Menzies, Empowered for Witness: The Spirit in Luke-Acts. Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series #6 (Sheffield, […]

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