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Early Christian Creeds [Paperback]

By J. N. D. Kelly (Author)
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Kelly's study of the rise, development, and use of formularies during the foundational eras of the church is the standard work on the subject. He examines New Testament doctrinal elements; explores the relation of creeds to baptismal rites; and compares Roman, Eastern, and Western catechisms to those (familiar and obscure) propounded by 4th-century councils. Kelly completed this extensive revision of Early Christian Creeds creating the third edition in 1971. Using this in addition to A. M. Ritter's Das Konzil von Konstantinopel und sein Symbol: Studien zur Geschichte und Theologie des II. Vkumenischen Konzils, published in 1965, scholars can amass a complete bibliography of works in this area of study published prior to 1971.

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This is a comprehensive study of the well known and the not so well known creeds. Dr Kelly's famous book - a study of the rise, development and use of formularies in the creative centuries of the Church's history - was immediately acclaimed in Europe and America as the standard work on the subject. The book opens with an examination of creedal elements in the New Testament and continues with an enquiry into the relation of creeds to the rite of Baptism. The chapters that follow are devoted to a study of the evidence for 'the rule of faith' in the second century; a long discussion of the old Roman Creed; and a consideration of the creeds of the Eastern Church and their relation to Western creeds and to those propounded by the fourth-century councils. Particular attention is given to the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed. In addition, there is a lengthy and largely original reconstruction of the expansion of the Roman Creed and its acceptance throughout Europe as the present Apostle's Creed. Two valuable features of the book are the emphasis it lays on the liturgical setting of ancient creeds, and the attempt it makes to elucidate their theology as it was understood by those who framed them.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Continuum
Pages   656
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.46" Height: 1.32"
Weight:   1.29 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2006
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  0826492169  
ISBN13  9780826492166  

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More About J. N. D. Kelly

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Until his retirement in 1979, J.N.D. Kelly was Principal of St Edmund Hall, Oxford and from 1948 to 1976 was University Lecturer in Patristic Studies there and is also a Fellow of the British Academy. Among his other books are Early Christian Doctrines. He died in 1997.

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Catechisms
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology

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Excellent book for the early medieval historian  Dec 15, 2000
I am a graduate student in theology and have been doing research for a few years now in early medieval church history, concentrating on corruption and controversy. While recently studying the filioque controversy, I had come across many many bits and pieces about this, but had never found an outline in one place until I came across this book. Kelly writes in a clear and easily understood manner. This text should be on the shelf of any pastor, historian, or theologian.
An excellent resource. . .  Aug 12, 2000
When we lost JND Kelly a couple of years ago (he was in his 90's), the theological world, both Catholic and Protestant, lost a giant. "Ancient Christian Creeds" demonstrates a part of Kelly's genius. It is an invaluable resource for the graduate level or seminary student in theology (and was, in fact, one of the texts used in my Historical Theology class when I was a seminarian). Kelly describes the evolution of creedal thoughts and ideas, as well as the development of the various formulae themselves, beginning with the Old Roman Baptismal statement through the Creed of Nicea/Constantinople.

I can't recommend this book highly enough.


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