Early Christianity and the First Christians

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Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies
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The winner of the “Nobel Prize of Theology” guides you into the world of the first Christians to encounter the circumstances, faith and ideas that indelibly shaped Christianity.

This bestselling audio course introduces you to the world of the first Christians, and the theological and philosophical issues with which they dealt and which define our faith today.

Through this unique series by world-renowned patristic scholar Professor Brian E. Daley, S.J., you will encounter the first Christians and the beginnings of our Church. Explore the main features and figures of the Church’s early life and its beginning stages. Examine the social and religious settings of the first Christian communities, the concerns that dominated their thinking, and the literary and liturgical forms in which they expressed their faith.

You will explore Christianity from the time of the Apostles through the writings of Origen, in the first half of the 3rd century. Begin with a c

Audio Sample:

The winner of the “Nobel Prize of Theology” guides you into the world of the first Christians to encounter the circumstances, faith and ideas that indelibly shaped Christianity.

This bestselling audio course introduces you to the world of the first Christians, and the theological and philosophical issues with which they dealt and which define our faith today.

Through this unique series by world-renowned patristic scholar Professor Brian E. Daley, S.J., you will encounter the first Christians and the beginnings of our Church. Explore the main features and figures of the Church’s early life and its beginning stages. Examine the social and religious settings of the first Christian communities, the concerns that dominated their thinking, and the literary and liturgical forms in which they expressed their faith.

You will explore Christianity from the time of the Apostles through the writings of Origen, in the first half of the 3rd century. Begin with a consideration of the world in which the earliest Christians lived: the Roman Empire. Explore the forms of authority that were developed in different parts of the Christian world and the formation of a distinctive Christian Biblical canon. Follow the proliferation of Christian apocrypha, works written in Biblical style, but never claimed as normative for faith by the community as a whole. After reflecting on the attitudes of Hellenistic philosophers toward the new religion, you will learn about the first Christian philosopher to claim that title: Justin Martyr.

Through this special course, you will learn about the ideas and thinkers who shaped our faith, gave us our biblical canon, and have inspired Christians for almost 2,000 years.

 

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Fr. Brian E. Daley, S.J., is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Among other honors, he received the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology (referred to as the “Nobel Prize of Theology”) and the 2013 Johannes Quasten Medal from the School of Theology and Religious Studies of the Catholic University of America. A graduate of Fordham University, he studied classics and philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Merton College, the University of Oxford. After theological studies in Frankfurt, Germany, and ordination to the Catholic priesthood, he returned to Oxford to complete a doctorate of philosophy in the Faculty of Theology. Fr. Daley has edited The Harp of Prophecy: Early Christian Interpretation of the Psalms (University of Notre Dame, 2015) and written The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Eschatology (Cambridge University, 1991) as well as numerous scholarly articles. He is also the translator of Leontius of Byzantium: Complete Works (Oxford University, 2017), Light on the Mountain: Greek Patristic and Byzantine Homilies on the Transfiguration of the Lord (St. Vladimir’s Seminary, 2013), Gregory of Nazianzus (Routledge, 2006), Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Cosmic Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2003), and On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1998).Fr. Daley was the president of the North American Patristics Society from 1997 to 1998, and before coming to Notre Dame in 1996, he taught at the Weston School of Theology. He has been on the editorial board of several scholarly journals and has served as a trustee of Boston College, Fordham University, Georgetown University, and Le Moyne College.
 
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“Father Daley, through his in-depth study of the Fathers of the Church, has placed himself in the best school for knowing and loving the one and undivided Church, also in the wealth of her different traditions.”– Pope Benedict XVI

  • The World of Christian Beginnings
  • The Religious World of the Roman Empire
  • Christianity and the Faith of Israel: Part I
  • Christianity and the Faith of Israel: Part II
  • Early Syrian Christianity
  • Authority and Structure in the Early Communities
  • Embellishing the Biblical Narrative
  • The Christian Community and Roman Society: Part I
  • The Christian Community and Roman Society: Part II
  • Christian Philosophy Gnostic Religion: Part I
  • Gnostic Religion: Part II
  • Irenaeus Responding for the Church: Part I
  • Irenaeus Responding for the Church: Part II
  • Christianity and Classical Culture: Clement of Alexandria, Part I
  • Christianity and Classical Culture: Clement of Alexandria, Part II
  • Origen: The Beginning of Biblical Theology: Part I
  • Origen: The Beginning of Biblical Theology: Part II

2 reviews for Early Christianity and the First Christians

  1. Linda H., PA

    2015 Spring Survey

    I just love listening to the how our Church came about after the death of Jesus, and the lives of those people. It was extremely interesting to me.

  2. Anonymous

    Interesting and easy to understand

    I’m really interested in the early Christians. This course was interesting and easy to understand, and full of information I wanted to hear.

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