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Christianity - General Resources

Selected Books

A People's History of Christianity
Bass, Diana Butler
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story
BR148.B37 2009
"Bass borrows Howard Zinn's perennial concept of history from the perspective of ordinary people to tell the story of Christianity by focusing not on institutions but on tales told down through the ages by the constituents of what she calls generative Christianity, who sought to live the Christian life by doing right in the eyes of God, as well as on those who rebelled against the church when they felt it necessary; that is, when the church became too rich or too comfortable with the wielding of power." -- Booklist
 
Christian Origins ( A People's History of Christianity Vol. I)
Richard A. Horsley, editor
BR160.C47 2005
Dealing with a time when "Christians" were moving towards separation from the movement's Jewish origins, this inaugural volume of A People's History of Christianity tells "the people's story" by gathering together evidence from the New Testament texts, archaeology, and other contemporary sources.
 
Ehrman, Bart D.
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know about Them)
BS533.E47 2009
The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Misquoting Jesus" reveals how books in the Bible were actually forged by later authors and that the New Testament itself is riddled with contradictory claims about Jesus--information that scholars know but the general public does not.
 
Ehrman, Bart D.
Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdelene, and Constantine
PS3552.R685434 D3335 2004
"Ultimately, Ehrman believes that readers should not try to learn history from speculative fiction. This is a very readable treatment of some difficult themes, such as the reasons for the exclusion of some early gospels from the canon and the enormous influence of recent archeological discoveries." -- Publishers Weekly
 
Freeman, Charles
A. D. 381: Heretics, Pagans, and the Dawn of the Monotheistic State
BR217.F744 2009
In AD 381, Theodosius, emperor of the eastern Roman empire, issued a decree in which all his subjects were required to subscribe to a belief in the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This edict defined Christian orthodoxy and brought to an end a lively and wide-ranging debate about the nature of God; all other interpretations were now declared heretical. It was the first time in a thousand years of Greco-Roman civilization free thought was unambiguously suppressed.
 
Jenkins, Philip
The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia--and How It Died
BR165.J52 2008x
Most histories focus almost exclusively on Christianity in the West so Jenkins, a Penn State history professor, provides much needed balance in this story of how a thousand years ago, the Middle East, Africa and Asia were more Christian than Europe.
 
Kirsch, Jonathan
A History of the End of the World: How the Most Controversial Book in the Bible Changed the Course of Western Civilization
BS2825.52.K57 2006
Kirsch takes us on a tour of how, throughout history, the nightmarish little book of "Revelations" in the New Testament has been "recycled and repurposed by artists and poets, preachers and propagandists—all in service of some religious or political or cultural agenda."
 
Late Ancient Christianity
Late Ancient Christianity
Virginia Burrus, editor
BR195.C5 L27 2005
This second volume of A People's History of Christianity focuses on the everyday realities of Christians' lives in the era of Christian ascendancy and Roman decline. Popular fiction, childrearing and toys, rituals of inclusion, the beginning of veneration of saints and shunning of heretics, the ascetic impulse, and food practices lend color and texture to the story of a "people's" Christianity in this formative stage.
 
MacCulloch, Diarmaid
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
BR145.3.M33 2010
MacCulloch holds that both Greek and Jewish traditions were fundamental to the development of Christianity and begins tracking its history a thousand years before Jesus Christ.
 
Reed, Jonathan L.
The HarperCollins Visual Guide to the New Testament: What Archaeology Reveals about the First Christians
q BS2406.5.R44 2007x
An illustrated guide to the New Testament, this one-of-a-kind presentation showcases the buildings, artifacts, manuscripts, and treasures discovered from the time of the first Christians.
 
 

Recorded Lectures

These are sound recordings of university lectures.

Ehrman, Bart D.
After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers
(CD) BR60.A65 E37 2005x
Twenty-four lectures in two volumes delivered by Professor Bart D. Ehrman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in which he examines the various writings of the Apostolic Fathers, both to see what each of the surviving books has to say and to see how these books can instruct us about the emerging Christian church of the 2nd century.
 
Ehrman, Bart D.
From Jesus to Constantine: A History of early Christianity
(CD) BR165.E525 2003x
This 2 volume series of 24 lectures presents a history of Christianity from the time of Jesus to the end of the fourth century. It examines Jewish-Christian relationships, Christian relationships with the Roman Empire, persecution of Christians, and the development of church offices and theology.
 
Ehrman, Bart D.
The Historical Jesus
(CD) BT303.2.E365 2000x
A two-volume 24 lecture series delivered by Bart D. Ehrman on the Jesus of Nazereth, including an analysis of his life and times from a historical perspective.
 
Madden, Thomas F.
Christianity at the Crossroads: The Reformations of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
(CD) BR305.3.M3325 2007x
Fourteen lectures on the reformations of the 16th and 17th centuries which redefined the Christian Church, presented by Thomas F. Madden, professor of Medieval history and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University.
 
Madden, Thomas F.
One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: A History of the Church in the Middle Ages
(CD) BR252.M333 2006cx
Fourteen lectures on the Medieval Church and its impact on the evolution of Western civilization, covering: the Monophysite Controversy, the reform movements, the Inquisition, the Black Death, and the Great Schism.
 
 

Browse Catalog

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Web Sites

  • American Bible Society
    Allows you to search the bible by keyword. Both King James and the Contemporary English version are available.
  • The British Library: Gutenberg Bible
    Keio University in Tokyo and the British Library have digitized the Gutenberg Bible, printed in Mainz around 1454-5. It is in Latin.
  • Gutenberg Digital Bible
    A digitized version of the 1454 edition of the Latin Vulgate Bible of St. Hieronymus. 1282 pages.
  • The Unbound Bible
    The Unbound Bible is a collection of searchable Bibles consisting of 10 English versions including the NASB, Greek and Hebrew Versions (the original Bible languages), 4 ancient versions, 42 versions in other languages. A project of Biola University, La Mirada, California.

Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania Council of Churches
    The Council is 43 church bodies and agencies representing 20 Anabaptist, Anglican, Orthodox, Pentecostal, and Protestant communions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania