Issue 105 Christianity in Early Africa

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What's inside

A tour of ancient Africa

What archaeologists can tell us about the landscape of early African Christianity

Niall Finneran

Become Completely as Fire

Early Egyptian monastics left an enduring legacy of interior watchfulness and prayer

Michael Birkel

Early African Christianity: Did You Know?

Fascinating facts and firsts from the early African church

the Editors

Editor's Note

In this issue we walk through everything from ancient archaeological ruins to modern-day worshiping communities

Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Listening to the African witness

Two modern scholars reflect on Christianity in Africa, then and now

Jacquelyn Winston, Lamin Samneh, and the Editors

The hunger games and the love feast

Perpetua’s martyrdom account gives us a window into North African spirituality

Edwin Woodruff Tait

Saved from the compost heap

Rescued texts illuminate the African context

Niall Finneran

From Abba Salama to King Lalibela

Christian traditions in Ethiopia are among the oldest in the world

Tekletsadik Belachew

The Bible’s story is our story

How Alexandria shaped the early church’s way of reading the Bible

Joseph Trigg

See how these Christians love one another

How Carthage in North Africa gave the early Western church its emphasis on unity.

J. Warren Smith

Breaking bread for the church

Lessons from Augustine’s daily life as a pastor and bishop

Ed Smither

And some others you should know . . .

The African church gave Christianity leaders, theologians, martyrs, and its share of controversies

Michael Glerup

Telling the African story

A conversation between Christian History and Thomas Oden of the Center for Early African Christianity on how Africa formed early Christian teaching

Thomas Oden and the Editors

Recommended resources

Here are a few books, websites, and past CHM issues recommended by Christian History staff and this issue’s authors as guides to the landscape of early African Christianity

the Editors
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