The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Eschatology

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This book is an outline of the development of eschatological thought in the first seven centuries of Christianity. It is the first attempt, in any language, to give a comprehensive description of the origins of Christian eschatology, as it expanded from its Jewish roots and Jesus' preaching, and as it drew upon the philosophical and folkloric notions of death and its aftermath held by the peoples of the Mediterranean. Based on a study of the original texts, the book considers not only the eschatology of the Greek and Latin fathers, but also what can be known from the early Syriac, Coptic, and Armenian Christian literature. Brief and clearly-focused in its range of subjects, the book provides an accessible historical survey of a centrally important aspect of early Christian doctrine.This book is an outline of the development of eschatological thought in the first seven centuries of Christianity. It is the first attempt, in any language, to give a comprehensive description of the origins of Christian eschatology, as it expanded from its Jewish roots and Jesus' preaching, and as it drew upon the philosophical and folkloric notions of death and its aftermath held by the peoples of the Mediterranean. Based on a study of the original texts, the book considers not only the eschatology of the Greek and Latin fathers, but also what can be known from the early Syriac, Coptic, and Armenian Christian literature. Brief and clearly-focused in its range of subjects, the book provides an accessible historical survey of a centrally important aspect of early Christian doctrine.

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Brian E. Daley, SJ, is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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"This is an excellent and thought-provoking synthesis of a wide range of early Christian eschatological statements, chiefly Greek and Latin, designed to support Professor Brian Daley's thesis that there was a basic unity in the Christian expectations about the end of the world or of individuals, in spite of striking idiosyncrasies that sometimes came to be regarded as heretical."
--The Journal of Religion (from published reviews of the hardcover edition)

"This is a well-researched, well-written study of the development of early Christian eschatology and the situations that influenced its development. It should be of interest and importance to anyone interested in New Testament studies, patristics, and the development of Christian doctrine. The work includes extensive notes and a detailed bibliography divided according to general topics and individual authors."
--Church History (From published reviews of the hardcover edition) -- Review

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