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Now a modern classic, Michael Green's Evangelism in the Early Church provides a comprehensive look at the ways the first Christians -- from the New Testament period up until the middle of the third century -- worked to spread the good news to the rest of the world.

In describing life in the early church, Green explores crucial aspects of the evangelistic task that have dire
Paperback, 474 pages
Published May 17th 2004 by Eerdmans (first published 1970)
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Oct 15, 2015 Drake rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this interesting book.
- At times a fascinating study of the evangelistic practices of the early church in the first few centuries
- Provides many helpful summaries of the cultural, political, and religious environment that the early church ministered in
- Written in a very passionate style that is often very moving to read
- Good at making highly practical applications of early church issues to modern day evangelism
- Sometimes gets too bogged down discussi
Robbyn Abedi
Feb 19, 2012 Robbyn Abedi rated it really liked it
An incredible overview of the first few centuries of the Church and how it grew = FF Bruce meets NT Wright.
Tim Woody
Feb 12, 2016 Tim Woody rated it liked it
This book had some really engaging information, particularly when addressing the Messianic expectations and the Jewish setting at the time of Christ. Micheal Green shines when he goes about showing the historical setting and the vast positions on the prophecy and promise of the Messiah. There is also some good information on the method of evangelism in the Early Church. I do think that this book could have been condensed by 100 pages or so, as it drags on at times. Over all solid book and a grea ...more
Joshua Ray
Dec 14, 2014 Joshua Ray rated it it was amazing
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Evangelism in the Early Church is a superb introduction to, resource on, and portrait of the early Church’s evangelistic endeavors. In the introduction Green shares his passion for both Evangelism and Theology and this dual-focus is evident throughout the book. Green is both careful and skillful in his analysis, presentation, and application of his insights on the state of the early Church and the early Church Fathers who followed in their footsteps. While it is not for everyone (highly academic ...more
Mike Jorgensen
Feb 27, 2014 Mike Jorgensen rated it really liked it
Excellent content, outstanding research, decent practical application but the writing was only fair. The revised edition has a little more pastoral bent to what is otherwise an excellent guide to early church research. Green gives a wide view of the church fathers (primarily the first two centuries) and provides wonderful historical context for all his claims. It is well worth a read.
David Barnes
Apr 16, 2015 David Barnes rated it really liked it
It's it an awesome academic book but need some prior knowledge on Church History OR read the footnotes
Chris Clevenger
Apr 14, 2012 Chris Clevenger rated it really liked it
Wonderfully educational reading regarding the expanse of New Testament Christianity in the first and second centuries. Although I do not share nor do I support the author's modernistic view of the inspiration of Scripture, I found the book incredibly enlightening in the area of evangelism. I approached the book with a question: "Does the modern church practice any form of evangelism similar to the first century church?" The answer was ably presented throughout the volume.
Shaela Woody
Mar 12, 2016 Shaela Woody rated it it was ok
Too long. But I really enjoyed several sections, particularly the chapters on 1st century Jewish and Greco-Roman culture. It was fascinating to read of the avenues that God had prepared for the early Church as they translated the Gospel into their cultural settings.
Robert Murphy
Apr 08, 2012 Robert Murphy rated it really liked it
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A good book. His prejudice in favor of charismaticism is obvious. Very scholarly yet devotional. Recommended.
Nov 06, 2008 Brian is currently reading it
supposedly the first two chapters are the best two chapters on evangelism...ever. we'll see.
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Edward Michael Bankes Green, known as Michael Green, is a British theologian, Anglican priest, Christian apologist and author of more than fifty Christian books. He is serving as the Canon Missioner of Holy Trinity Church in Raleigh, North Carolina through 2007.
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