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Daily Life in the Early Church

Studies in the Church Social History of the First Five Centuries



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Daily Life in the Early Church by John Gordon Davies
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What did the early Christians wear? What did they eat? What did they talk about over the dinner table? What recreations did they enjoy? These are among the questions answered in this study. In a series of six graphic scenes the author, applying the methods of the social historian to the early Church, describes the daily life of the first believers, personifying the general facts and depicting them in the composite portraits of specific individuals. Six characters (Clement of Alexandria, a virgin martyr, a workman in the catacombs, Paul of Samosata, John Chrysostom and John Cassian) are taken as representatives of different strands of early Christian life. By conducting the reader through their daily routines, hour by hour, the past is recreated as a living reality.

Author Biography

Reverend John Gordon Davies was educated at King's School (Chester), Christ Church (Oxford) and Westcott House (Cambridge). He worked in the dockland parish of Rotherhithe and as Professor in Theology at the University of Birmingham. He was also Director of the Institute for the Study of Worship and Religious Architecture in the University.
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April 10th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Lutterworth Press
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