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From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries [Hardcover]

By Peter Lampe (Author)
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Pages   544
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.22" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.33"
Weight:   1.89 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 17, 2003
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800627024  
EAN  9780800627027  

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Now translated into English! "So masterful in its grasp of a vast array of evidence, so solid and innovative in its methodology, and so audacious in conception that it is bound to become a classic. It is the most important historical and sociological study ever written on Roman Christianity,"---Interpretation.

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In this pathbreaking study of the rise and shape of the earliest churches in Rome, Lampe integrates history, archaeology, theology, and social analysis. He also takes a close look at inscriptional evidence to complement the reading of the great literary texts: from Paul's Letter to the Romans to the writings of Clement of Rome, Justin Martyr, Montanus, and Valentinus. Thoroughly reworked and updated by the author for this English-language edition, this study is a groundbreaking work, broad in scope and closely detailed. Lampe deals with the shape of leadership and the Christians' relation to the Judeans living in Rome. In six parts, comprised of fifty-one chapters and four appendices, Lampe greatly advances our knowledge of the shape of leadership and the Christians' relation to the Judeans living in Rome.

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Peter Lampe is Professor and Chair of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Robert L. Brawley is Professor of New Testament Emeritus at McCormick Theological Seminary, Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Peter Lampe was born in 1954.

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Detailed and Thorough  Aug 18, 2005
Being fairly ignorant of the early history of Roman Christianity, (or any early Christian history for that matter), "From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries" was just begging to be read. The book did not fail to impress or keep me interested.

Let me just say to begin with that Peter Lampe is very thorough in his approach and the scope of his study. Through this book, he looks into a variety of aspects within the Roman Christian community, using many different sources. Lampe looks at the locations within Rome where Christians tended to live, using a few different criteria. He also covers aspects of economic well-being within the Christian groups, and also what he calls "social stratification". Lampe also traces the origins of Christians, and tries to show where they tended to come from in terms of background and geographical origins. Lampe additionally looks at individuals, and how indicative they are of the community as a whole.

Lampe's use of different sources is impressive, and he is very thorough in this respect. Sources include literary sources, (Jewish, Christian, pagan, philosophical, etc), along with archealogical sources from the catacombs to quite detailed discussions on grave sites around Rome and more. Lampe also uses computer-compiled lists of names found in the region, as well as other scholar's work. Lampe also makes use of the New Testament, though is is far from uncritical, and he is quite cautious and careful in his application of its data. Overall, I have found Lampe to be a careful and methodical scholar in his use of sources.

Lampe also uses a lot of sources from Latin, Koine Greek and some other languages, (including French). While laudable, Lampe does not always provide translations in English, which can be somewhat frustrating at times. His quotations in Greek can be a paragraph long, and if you can't understand the language, you may miss out on some of the details.

Peter Lampe also has some interesting chapters on individual people, including Marcion, the woman in Justin's "Apology", (some interesting theories here from Lampe), the author of "The Shepherd of Hermas" and others. I personally enjoyed these aspects of Lampe's study immensely, as he was able to throw some light onto the more individual and personal aspects of early Roman Christian life.

Apart from the point about untranslated languages above, I found this book to be both informative and dynamic. At times, it can get a little swamped in the details, (such as tracing phrases and common motifs through various sources), but this is a rare thing. Usually, the book covers a lot of ground with flair and skill.

For a look at Roman Christianity as the evidence seems to point, Peter Lampe's book is very good and it is very thorough, with lots of references and good, generous helpings of footnotes. I am rather glad that I read it, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
A brillant illustration of early church life  Jun 8, 2004
I was fascinated by the analysis of the early Christian house churches in Rome and by the fact that the office of a monarchical bishop developed relatively late (in the second half of the 2nd century) in the city of Rome. The social world of the early Christians and Jews in Rome becomes very much alive.
A great book.  Jun 1, 2004
This is clearly one of the best books about early Christianity and ancient social history that I have read.
A great illustration of early Christianity  May 30, 2004
On the basis of inscriptions, ancient texts and archaeological results the author paints a picture of early Christianity and its social world in a brilliant and solid way.
From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome  May 30, 2004
A great book, pathbreaking, and based on solid evidence.

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