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Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology (David K Pettegrew) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780199369041
Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology (David K Pettegrew) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2018) 9780199369041
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Title: Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology

Author: Pettegrew, David K

Additional Authors or Contributors: William R. Caraher, Thomas W. Davis (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2018

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199369041

Volumes: 1; Pages: 728

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The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Archaeology brings together expert work by leading scholars of the archaeology of Early Christianity and the Roman world in the Mediterranean and surrounding regions. The thirty-four contributions to this volume survey Christian material culture and ground the history, culture, and society of the first seven centuries of Christianity in archaeological method, theory, and research. The essays emphasize the link between archaeological fieldwork, methods, and regional and national traditions in constructing our knowledge of the Early Church and Christian communities within the context of the ancient Mediterranean, Near East, and Europe.

Three sweeping introductory essays provide historical perspectives on the archaeology of the Early Christian world. These are followed by a series of topical treatments that focus on monuments and environments ranging from Christian churches to catacombs, martyria, and baths, as well as classes of objects of religious significance such as ceramics, lamps, and icons. Finally, the volume locates the archaeology of the Early Christian world in fifteen regional studies stretching from Britain to Persia, highlighting the unique historical contexts that have shaped scholarly discussion across time and space. The thorough, carefully-researched essays offer the most intensive, state-of-the-art treatment of recent research into the archaeology of Early Christianity available.

Table of Contents

1. The Archaeology of Early Christianity: The History, Methods, and State of a Field, William R. Caraher and David K. Pettegrew

PART I. THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF ANCIENT CHRISTIANITY

2. Archaeology of the Gospels, James F. Strange

3. New Testament Archaeology beyond the Gospels, Thomas W. Davis

PART II. SACRED SPACE AND MORTUARY CONTEXTS

4. The Catacombs, Vincenzo Fiocchi Nicolai

5. Martyria, David L. Eastman

6. Burials and Human Remains in Early Christian Context, Sherry C. Fox and Paraskevi Tritsaroli

7. Churches, Charles Stewart

8. The Archaeology of Early Monastic Communities, Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom

9. Baptisteries in Ancient Sites and Rites, H. Richard Rutherford

10. Baths, Christianity, and Bathing Culture in Late Antiquity, Dallas DeForest

PART III. ART AND ARTIFACTS IN CONTEXT

11. The Art of the Catacombs, Fabrizio Bisconti

12. Visual Rhetoric of Early Christian Reliquaries, Galit Noga-Banai

13. An Anarcheologie of Icons, Gleen Peers

14. Spolia, its Viewers, and the 'Victory of Christianity', Jon Michael Frey

15. Early Christian Mosaics in Context, Karen C. Britt

16. Pottery, R. Scott Moore

17. Lamps, Maria Parani,

18. Statues, Troels Myrup Kristensen

19. Amulets and the Ritual Efficacy of Christian Symbols, Rangar H. Cline

PART IV. CHRISTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY IN REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE

20. Christian Archaeology in Palestine: the Roman and Byzantine Periods, Joan E. Taylor

21. Jordan, Robert Schick

22. Syria, Emma Loosley

23. The Church of the East until the 8th century, Stefan R. Hauser

24. Armenia, Christina Maranci

25. The Holy Island: An Archaeology of Early Christian Cyprus, Jody Michael Gordon and William R. Caraher

26. Asia Minor, Peter Talloen

27. Community, Church and Conversion in the prefecture of Illyricum and the Cyclades, Rebecca Sweetman

28. The Early Christian Archaeology of the Balkans, William Bowden

29. The Archaeology of Early Italian Churches in Context, AD 313-569, Alexandra Chavarria

30. The Christianization of Gaul: Buildings and Territories, Bastien Lefebvre

31. Britain and Ireland, AD 100-700, David Petts

32. Constructing Christian Landscapes in the Iberian Peninsula: The Archaeological Evidence (4th-6th centuries), Alexandra Chavarria

33. Incorporating Christian communities in North Africa. Churches as bodies of communal history, Susan T. Stevens

34. Archaeology of Early Christianity in Egypt, Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom

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