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From Paul to Valentinus: Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries
In this pathbreaking study of the rise and shape of the earliest churches in Rome, Lampe integrates history, archaeology, theology, and social analysis. He also takes a close look at inscriptional evidence to complement the reading of the great literary texts: from Paul's Letter to the Romans to the writings of Clement of Rome, Justin Martyr, Montanus, and Valentinus. Thor ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
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Lampe systematically explores the evidence for Christians and Christianity in Rome from the mid-First century through the end of the Second. Being knowledgeable of some (but certainly not all) the documents used he generally seems very measured in his conclusions, though I must say I don't find all his arguments fully compelling. It was also a great intro for me to other evidences for the social setting in which the early church lived and witnessed.