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A Short History of the Early Church [Kindle Edition]

Harry R. Boer
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Book Description

For readers who want a brief yet reliable introduction to the history of the early church as well as for those who are looking for a quick review of the period, this volume furnishes a concise overview of the key events, figures, controversies, and councils essential for a proper understanding of the first seven centuries of the Christian church.

Harry R. Boer provides background on the world into which the church was born, surveys the life of the church from the ministry of Jesus until 600 A.D., examines the effects of persecution and heresy on the church, explains the role of several key church leaders, and focuses specifically on the church's ongoing struggle to formulate proper doctrines of the Trinity and of Christ. Each chapter is clearly outlined and concludes with several discussion questions that enhance the book's use as a study guide for church groups or as a text in courses on early church history.

Editorial Reviews


New Testament Abstracts
"Provides a lucid and concise account of the peoples, places, institutions, events, and ideas that made a difference in the development of the Christian faith from the first through the seventh century."

Restoration Review
"An excellent account of the early centuries of the church. . . . All the information the average Christian needs on the persecutions, heresies, and great councils."

Christianity Today
"Offers the layman an excellent overview of the course of Christianity in the first few centuries of our era."

Product Details

  • File Size: 2834 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing (September 30, 1976)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001XCVQ98
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good intro but leaves out important facts November 18, 2003
I like the style. The contents in outline form, maps and capsule coverage of each topic.
The Nicene Creed should have been covered and the argument with the Filioque clause.
Some discussion of the Liturgy would have been nice and its similarity to the Jewish Service.
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Consise but informative review of events.
Lacks referencing and a detailed description of the author and his ability to write on the subject.
All in all a good starting point for those interested in the events and people of the early christian? Church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Summary of Early Church History July 3, 2013
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This short book is an excellent refresher of memories from previous readings in church history. It quickly outlines all of the basic events of early church development in a clear and informative style of writing
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