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Internet Ancient History Sourcebook:

Christian Origins

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See Internet Medieval Sourcebook for the later history of Christianity

Christian Origins

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Source Problems

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Jesus of Nazareth (c.4 BCE-c.30 CE)

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Early Church: First Century

Josephus, a Jew writing in Greek, and Tacitus, Suetonius, and Pliny the Younger, are the earliest non-Biblical witnesses to the existence of Christianity. The Didache seems to be a source independent to some degree of the Biblical texts.

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Early Church: 2nd-3rd Centuries

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The Emergence of Theologies

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Early Christian Art

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The "Triumph" of the Church

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Modern Perspectives on Early Christianity

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