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The Early Church at Work and Worship:

Volume 2: Catechesis, Baptism, Eschatology, and Martyrdom

By Everett Ferguson

The Early Church at Work and Worship

The Early Church at Work and Worship:

Volume 2: Catechesis, Baptism, Eschatology, and Martyrdom

By Everett Ferguson

Further essays on the practices of the early church by a leading scholar, covering issues including baptism, the Kingdom of God and attitudes towards martyrdom.

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ISBN: 9780227174906

Specifications: 229x153mm (9x6in), 362pp

Published: December 2014


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ISBN: 9780227903759

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Many recognise Everett Ferguson as the definitive voice on early Christianity, patristic writing and ecclesiology. The Early Church at Work and Worship is a challenging collection, broad in scope and formidable in depth.

This is the second volume of Ferguson's collected essays, which include some of his most memorable work, especially on the early development of the doctrine of baptism. The collection includes articles and papers from various sources, but also material that is published here for the first time.


1. Irenaeus' Proof of the Apostolic Preaching and Early Catechetical Instruction
2. Catechesis and Initiation
3. Christian and Jewish Baptism according to the Epistle of Barnabas
4. Baptism according to Origen
5. The Doctrine of Baptism in Gregory of Nyssa's Oratio Catechetica
6. Exhortations to Baptism in the Cappadocians
7. Basil's Protreptic to Baptism
8. Preaching at Epiphany: Gregory of Nyssa and John Chrysostom on Baptism and the Church
9. Spiritual Circumcision in Early Christianity
10. Inscriptions and the Origin of Infant Baptism
11. The Disgrace and the Glory: A Jewish Motif in Early Christianity
12. The Kingdom of God in Early Patristic Literature
13. Was Barnabas a Chiliast? An Example of Hellenistic Number Symbolism in Barnabas and Clement of Alexandria
14. Millennial and Amillennial Expectations in Christian Eschatology: Ancient and Medieval Views
15. Number Symbolism in the Ancient World
16. Divine Pedagogy: Origen's Use of the Imagery of Education
17. Early Christian Martyrdom and Civil Disobedience

Ancient Sources Index
Subject Index

Everett Ferguson is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. He was editor of The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (2nd edition, 1997) and is author of many works, including Early Christians Speak (2 volumes, 1999, 2002); Backgrounds of Early Christianity (3rd edition, 2003); Inheriting Wisdom: Readings for Today from Ancient Christian Writers (2004); Church History: Volume 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation (2005); and Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries (2009). Ferguson received the Distinguished Service Award from the North American Patristics Society (2008) and the Vestigia Award for Excellence in Early Christian Studies and Service to the Church from the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies (2002).

These essays, spanning four decades of Ferguson's scholarship, sum up major discussions of ministry and canon in early Christianity. Especially useful for exploring the terminology surrounding ordination, these essays are vintage Ferguson. Elizabeth A. Clark, Professor of Religion, Duke University, Durham, NC
This volume is another great contribution by Everett Ferguson towards a better understanding of the practices of the early church. Because of his vast and thorough knowledge of the original documents, as well as scholarly studies that contribute to one's understanding of their context, Ferguson's essays in this volume are an indispensable contribution to this field of study. Ferguson's style of weaving his commentary with original and supporting sources is masterful. I look forward to using this and the first volume in several graduate courses I teach in historical and presentday ecclesiology. Earl D. Lavender, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN