The Early Church Collection Volume 1


The collection begins with two short works on the Trinity by Gregory of Nyssa, followed by two works on Christology by Theodoret and Pope Leo I. Victorinus interprets Genesis 1 allegorically to justify certain early church practices and traces the number 7 through the whole Bible. Hippolytus lists various liturgical practices of the Roman church at the start of the 3rd century with potentially much earlier origins. In "On the Faith", Gregory of Nyssa defends the divinity of the Son of God and the Holy Spirit. The Epistle of Barnabas represents a 2nd or even 1st century example of the "parting of the ways" between early Christianity and Judaism. Commodianus' Instructions are a collection of 80 acrostic poems (not reflected in the translation) on various subjects, not least Christian responses to various Greek gods. The Martyrdom of Polycarp is one of the earliest of the church's martyrdom narratives and proved defining for the genre. The collection ends with Julian the Apostate's efforts to curtain Christianity in the Roman Empire subsequent to Constantine's conversion. (InTheDesert)

Genre(s): Christianity - Other

Language: English

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 On the Holy Trinity and of the Godhead of the Holy Spirit by Gregory of Nyssa Gregory of Nyssa Etext InTheDesert
Play 02 On "Not Three Gods" by Gregory of Nyssa Gregory of Nyssa Etext InTheDesert
Play 03 Demonstrations by Syllogisms by Theodoret of Cyrus Theodoret of Cyrus Etext InTheDesert
00:25:15 en
Play 04 The Tome of Leo by Leo the Great Pope Leo I (Leo the Great) Etext InTheDesert
00:20:40 en
Play 05 A Fragment on the Creation of the World by Victorinus of Pettau St. Victorinus of Pettau Etext InTheDesert
Play 06 The Apostolic Tradition by Hippolytus of Rome Hippolytus of Rome Etext InTheDesert
00:33:58 en
Play 07 On the Faith by Gregory of Nyssa Gregory of Nyssa Etext InTheDesert
Play 08 The Epistle of Barnabas Unknown Etext InTheDesert
00:48:15 en
Play 09 The Instructions of Commodianus Part 1 Commodianus Etext InTheDesert
00:40:48 en
Play 10 The Instructions of Commodianus Part 2 Commodianus Etext InTheDesert
00:41:37 en
Play 11 The Martyrdom of Polycarp Unknown Etext InTheDesert
00:18:46 en
Play 12 Extracts From The Works Of The Emperor Julian Relative To The Christians Julian Etext InTheDesert
00:15:21 en