A History of the Early Church to AD 500 by John William Charles Wand

By John William Charles Wand

Dr Wand's vintage therapy of the early church is concise, accomplished and uses professional treatises. The enterprise of fabric and lucid type make obtainable what's every now and then a posh topic. additionally, the booklet is stuffed with vignettes of sought after personages and curious goods of information.Interesting and informative, A historical past of Early Church caters for the final reader with an curiosity in background in addition to the spiritual stories scholar fow whom it really is mostly meant.

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It is only as we grasp this that we shall be able to understand how the Church can claim to be the heir of all that was best in every section of ancient civilisation, and how Christianity can claim to be the absolute religion. We must therefore sketch the conditions that surrounded the cradle of the infant Church. It will be convenient to follow the widening circles as they stretch from Galilee to Rome. What has been called ‘the special seed-plot of Christianity’ consisted of an apparently small section of the people, resident mostly in Galilee, who were distinguished by the fact that with especial earnestness they ‘waited for the consolation of Israel’, putting all their hopes in the promised Messiah.

Owing to the distance that separates us from England it will not be possible for me to see the volume through the press. That task has been kindly undertaken by my successor as Dean of Oriel, the Rev. F. Russell. To both these scholars I desire to express my very deep gratitude. BRISBANE February 1936 Page vi NOTE TO 1963 PRINTING Revisions have been added in the form of extra notes. Passages in the text which are the subject of these notes are indicated by an asterisk. Page vii CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE I.

The need for unity is based not only upon the evangelical teaching but also upon the peace of God as Page 24 manifested in the order of nature, and a particular point is made of the disorder which internal disturbances bring into the customary bestowal of hospitality by the members of one church upon visitors from another. The practical and orderly spirit that breathes in the whole letter is well seen in the exhortation, ‘Let us venerate our rulers. Let us do honour to the older men. Let us bring up our young men in the fear of God’, and in the terser phrase, ‘Love has no parties’.

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