Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of Its Practices and Beliefs, 1st Edition

  • J. Patout Burns Jr.
  • Robin M. Jensen
  • Published By: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • ISBN-10: 146744037X
  • ISBN-13: 9781467440370
  • DDC: 276.1
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 724 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released June 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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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. It 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, the text shows how the early African Christians consistently fought to preserve the holiness of the church amid change and challenge.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Illustrations.
Summary of Events.
Map of Roman Africa.
Key to Cities and Provinces in the Map.
1: Christianity in North Africa to Diocletian.
2: The Christian Imperial Period: Diocletian to the Vandals.
3: Fifth-Century Conflicts: Vandal Arians and African Nicenes.
4: Survey of the Archeological Evidence for Christian Practice.
5: Becoming a Christian: The Ritual of Baptism.
6: Living in Peace: The Celebration of Word and Eucharist.
7: Keeping the Church Pure: Excluding and Readmitting Sinners.
8: Leadership: The Clergy and the Sacrament of Orders.
9: Forms of Christian Life: Marriage, Virginity, and Widowhood.
10: The Ending of Christian Life: Death and Burial.
11: Honoring the Victorious Heroes: The Cult of the Martyrs.
12: Pious Practices of Christian Living.
13: The Church and Its Holiness.
Index of Persons and Groups.
Index of Places and Monuments.
Index of Subjects.