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The Cambridge Edition of Early Christian Writings provides the definitive anthology of early Christian texts, from c.100 to 650 CE. Its six volumes reflect the cultural, intellectual and linguistic diversity of early Christianity and are organized thematically on the topics of God, practice, Christ, community, reading and creation. The series expands the pool of source material to include not only Greek and Latin writings, but also Syriac and Coptic texts. Additionally, the series rejects a theologically normative view by juxtaposing texts that were important in antiquity but later deemed 'heretical', with orthodox texts. The translations are accompanied by introductions, notes, suggestions for further reading and scriptural indices. The first volume focuses on early Christian writings about God's nature and unity, and the meaning of faith. It will be an invaluable resource for students and academic researchers in early Christian studies, history of Christianity, theology, religious studies and late antique Roman history.

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Suggestions for Further Reading

Anatolios, Khaled. Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.
Ayres, Lewis. Augustine and the Trinity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Ayres, Lewis. Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Behr, John. The Nicene Faith. 2 volumes. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2004.
Behr, John. The Way to Nicaea. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2001.
Dünzl, Franz. A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church. London and New York: T & T Clark, 2007.
Gerson, Lloyd, ed. The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity. 2 volumes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Hanson, R. P. C. The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318–381, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005 [orig. pub. London and New York: T & T Clark, 1988].
Lyman, Rebecca. Christology and Cosmology: Models of Divine Activity in Origen, Eusebius, and Athanasius. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.
Markschies, Christoph. Gnosis: An Introduction, translated by Bowden, John. London and New York: T & T Clark, 2003 [orig. pub. Munich: Verlag C. H. Beck, 2001].
Vaggione, Richard. Eunomius of Cyzicus and the Nicene Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Williams, Daniel. Ambrose of Milan and the End of the Arian–Nicene Conflicts. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995.
Williams, Rowan. Arius: Heresy and Tradition, rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI and Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2001.
Young, Frances, Ayres, Lewis, and Louth, Andrew, eds. The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

The study of early Christianity is continually expanding, with new perspectives emerging and replacing old ones. For the student who is interested in following the ongoing development of scholarship in this field, we strongly recommend consulting the regular publication of journals such as Augustinian Studies, Church History, Hugoye, the Journal of Early Christian Studies, the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, the Journal of Theological Studies, Vigiliae Christianae, and Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum (Journal of Ancient Christianity). Each of these journals contains scholarly articles and reviews of recent books in the field. Additionally, for up-to-date bibliography on topics in early Christianity and the ancient world generally, one can consult L'Année philologique.


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