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The Era of the Martyrs

By Aaltje Hidding
  • ISBN Code: : 3110689707
  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Pages : 235
  • Category : Religion
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One of the most traumatic experiences of Late Antique Christians was the Great Persecution, begun by Emperor Diocletian and his Tetrarchic colleagues in 303 CE. Here Aaltje Hidding unites research of traditional memory studies with work done by cognitive scientists to examine how they remembered the Persecution. The resulting methodological framework, the ‘cognitive ecology’, systemically studies all what can be covered by this term - social surroundings, cognitive artefacts and the physical environment - and bridges the gap between individual and collective memory. The author analyses the remembrance of the Persecution in three different regions along the Nile river. In Oxyrhynchus, the thousands of papyrus fragments found at the city’s rubbish dump give a vivid image of the martyrs in the daily lives of the Oxyrhynchites. In Antinoopolis, known for the cult of the physician saint Colluthus, she zooms in on the rituals and practices at a martyr’s sanctuary. Finally, in Dandara, the rich hagiographical dossier of the anchorite Paphnutius shows how old memories of the Persecution became mixed with new monastic experiences. The Bohairic and Greek Passion of Paphnutius appear in their first complete English translations.

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Why is this happening to me? is a question being asked by millions of people who have lost their livelihoods in today's economic recession. In Better for Life you will find answers to this question as you explore the trials of several biblical characters and the purposes for those trials. Within these pages you will not only discover the purpose of your trial, but you will also learn what you can do about it. You can't change your situation, but you can change yourself. God's plan is not merely to get you out of your trials, but to transform you while you are in them. Take a journey to discover the reasons for your hardships, and learn how you can use these circumstances to your advantage. Remember: God is not so concerned with making life better for you; He is interested in making you better for life. So, if you are tired of struggling under the burden of your circumstances, then it is time to become better for life!

The History of the Church from Christ to Constantine

By Eusebius
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0141904305
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 104
  • Pdf File: the-history-of-the-church-from-christ-to-constantine.pdf

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Eusebius's account is the only surviving historical record of the Church during its crucial first 300 years. Bishop Eusebius, a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century, and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics.

A Military Life of Constantine the Great

By Ian Hughes
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  • Publisher : Pen and Sword Military
  • Book Code : 1526724243
  • Total of Pages : 389
  • Category : History
  • Members : 632
  • Pdf File: a-military-life-of-constantine-the-great.pdf

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A new analysis of the strengths, organization, weapons, and tactics of the Roman army Constantine inherited and his military reforms. Much of Constantine I’s claim to lasting fame rests upon his sponsorship of Christianity, and many works have been published assessing whether his apparent conversion was a real religious experience or a cynical political maneuver. However, his path to sole rule of the Roman Empire depended more upon the ruthless application of military might than upon his espousal of Christianity. He fought numerous campaigns, many against Roman rivals for Imperial power, most famously defeating Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. In this new study, Ian Hughes assesses whether Constantine would have deserved the title “the Great” for his military achievements alone, or whether the epithet depends upon the gratitude of Christian historians. All of Constantine’s campaigns are narrated and his strategic and tactical decisions analyzed. The organization, strengths, and weaknesses of the Roman army he inherited are described and the effect of both his and his predecessors’ reforms discussed. The result is a fresh analysis of this pivotal figure in European history from a military perspective.

Christianity, Book-Burning and Censorship in Late Antiquity

By Dirk Rohmann
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  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Book Code : 3110485559
  • Total of Pages : 369
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 201
  • Pdf File: christianity-book-burning-and-censorship-in-late-antiquity.pdf

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It is estimated that only a small fraction, less than 1 per cent, of ancient literature has survived to the present day. The role of Christian authorities in the active suppression and destruction of books in Late Antiquity has received surprisingly little sustained consideration by academics. In an approach that presents evidence for the role played by Christian institutions, writers and saints, this book analyses a broad range of literary and legal sources, some of which have hitherto been little studied. Paying special attention to the problem of which genres and book types were likely to be targeted, the author argues that in addition to heretical, magical, astrological and anti-Christian books, other less obviously subversive categories of literature were also vulnerable to destruction, censorship or suppression through prohibition of the copying of manuscripts. These include texts from materialistic philosophical traditions, texts which were to become the basis for modern philosophy and science. This book examines how Christian authorities, theologians and ideologues suppressed ancient texts and associated ideas at a time of fundamental transformation in the late classical world.

ENMITY Remains Unresolved Until Christ Returns!

By Athanasius-John T. Nkomo
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  • Publisher : XinXii
  • Book Code : 3960289847
  • Total of Pages : 498
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 269
  • Pdf File: enmity-remains-unresolved-until-christ-returns.pdf

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Jesus Christ words is unmatched non-science fiction; non-Christian fiction eBooks! Jesus Christ true living word from heavens full powers! Charges: Corrects: Teaches: Judges: Executes: Purges Enmity sinful nature of human kind on earth! Unmatched word of Christ connects the world to heavens! Unmatched words of Christ guarantees hope and trustworthy! Unmatched Jesus Christ is coming back to judge the whole world once and for all! Unmatched Jesus Christ is King of kings; and Lord of lord. Unmatched Christ Jesus all knees shall bow down and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! Unmatched Christ; He is the World’s Savior! Eternally Glorious Lord: There’s no-one else! No matter how the secular world overlook the issue. Unmatched Jesus Christ is inevitable! He is inescapable! You ignore him at your wicked risk.

Acts

By Brian Simmons
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  • Publisher : BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC
  • Book Code : 1424552540
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Bibles
  • Members : 876
  • Pdf File: acts.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The book of Acts picks up where Jesus’ story left off in the gospel of Luke by exploring the continuing presence of Christ on earth: the church. This inspired account of church history will awaken your soul with transforming power and give you courage to be a witness for Christ wherever he sends you! This Bible study is designed to help you explore and discover God’s heart for the world through Luke’s biography of history’s most unlikely movement, the church of Jesus Christ. Each uniquely-crafted lesson opens with an introduction and key verse to reveal important themes. Four sections guide readers through Acts in a way that will help you discover, explore, experience, and share the heart of God more deeply. Dive into this book heart first, to discover and experience the same fire that fueled the passion of early Christians two thousand years ago! About The Passionate Life Bible Study Series: God longs for everyone to encounter the passion of his heart. Inspired by The Passion Translation, this heart-level Bible study is ideal for both individual devotional study and small groups. Kindle a burning desire for a passion-filled life fueled by the heart of God!

Church Planting

By Dag Heward-Mills
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  • Publisher : Dag Heward-Mills
  • Book Code : 0796309620
  • Total of Pages : 180
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 573
  • Pdf File: church-planting.pdf

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The planting of churches is a phenomenon that is widespread among charismatic ministers. It was a major activity of the early disciples. Successful church planting, however, demands skill and embraces multiple factors. Dag Heward-Mills analyzes the various components of church planting in this book. It is a training manual for any minister who wants to make church planting his vision for life.

A History of the Christian Church

By Lars P. Qualben
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1606081675
  • Total of Pages : 659
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 597
  • Pdf File: a-history-of-the-christian-church.pdf

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Acts 1–12:

By Dr. Matthew N. O. Sadiku
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  • Publisher : Trafford Publishing
  • Book Code : 1490776249
  • Total of Pages : 168
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 728
  • Pdf File: acts-1-12.pdf

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Every serious student of the Bible desires to understand the text, discover the biblical principles, and apply the truths to his/her life. This commentary is designed to help students, pastors, and Bible teachers understand the book of Acts in a simple manner. Working from the popular New International Version (NIV), the author provides helpful commentary on the text verse by verse. This verse-by-verse commentary is different from others in two respects. First, it is brief while some commentaries are unnecessarily wordy and verbose. Second, it is Pentecostal in outlook. This implies that we generally adhere to the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and adopt a literalist approach to the interpretation of the Bible. The Gospel of Luke, along with Acts, forms a two-volume history. The book of Acts fills the gap between the Gospels and the Epistles. Acts is evidently an important book for the church since it teaches the nature, growth, and purpose of the church.

Bringing the Church Back to Christ

By Idemudia Guobadia
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1664200584
  • Total of Pages : 172
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 866
  • Pdf File: bringing-the-church-back-to-christ.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Bringing the Church Back to Christ is an 11th hour cry to a fragmented Church urgently in need of healing before she can truly be an instrument of healing to the nations. As end-time prophetic global events continue to unfold, the Church must be re-positioned in Christ to fulfill her mission of discipling the nations, and reflecting the light and love of Christ to a hurting world. This book argues for the need for the Church to re-configure and transform herself in order to remain relevant in a fast-changing world.