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A Concilio Constantinoplipano I -Apostolic Letter of His Holiness John Paul II for the 16ooth Anniversary of the First Council of Constantinople and the 1550 Anniversary of the Council of Ephesus

An Overview of Israelite, Jewish, and Early Christian History By Prof. Felix Just, S.J. of Loyola Marymount University

Ancient Jewish Accounts of Jesus

Back to the Beginning: A Brief Introduction to the Ancient Catholic Church (George Sim Johnston)

Christian Catacombs of Rome

Church History - by Eusebius of Caesarea

Copts Through the Ages A history of the Catechetical School in Alexandria by Jackie Ascott, Ph.D., of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Early Christianity (Fr. John Hardon, S.J.))  

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Eucharist in the Early Church

Everyday life in the time of Jesus (Fr. Frederick. Manns, O.F.M)

First Council of Nicaea (325) Catholic Encyclopedia

Guide to Early Church Documents Links to internet-accessible files containing canonical documents, creeds, the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, and other historical texts relevant to church history

Into His Own: Perspective on the World of Jesus An excellent site by Mahlon Smith exploring the world in which Jesus lived by means of well-organized, newly translated primary texts and other material

Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity By Walter Bauer. English Translation of the 1934 German original, ed and supplemented by Robert A. Kraft and Gerhard Kroedel with a team from the Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins

Persecution and Martyrdom in Early Christianity - Professor Darrell Doughty, Drew University, Madison NJ

Roman Cruelty, Christian Purity (Mike Aquilina)  

The Apostolic Age

The Christian Catacombs of Rome "The Internet site gives a wide range of answers to the many questions of visitors

What are really the catacombs?... When did they originate? Why did they develop so extensively? Why are they located outside the city walls, along the great consular roads? ...Since the catacombs are only cemeteries, how can they tell us the history of the early Church in Rome? Why did the Christians use so many symbols? Why were the Christians persecuted? Did the persecutions last uninterruptedly for centuries? What was the behavior of the Christians during the persecutions? Did they suffer them passively, without any resistance or did they react to this injustice? ...What is the importance of the Catacombs for the Church of today?"

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them

The Church Persecuted and Defended Chapter 3 in A Catechism of Church History - Fr. Robert J. Fox

The Ecole Initiative Creating a hypertext encyclopedia of early church history on the world wide web

The Ecole Glossary One hundred glosses on many topics relating to early Church history, such as Arianism, Basil the Great, Desert Fathers, Donation of Constantine, Donatism, Louis IX, Marcion, Nero, Nicene Creed, Patrick of Ireland, Porphyry, Teresa of Avila, Theodosius, Thomas Aquinas

The First Christian Martyrs of Rome Article in Compassion, 2000

The Jewish Background of Christian Baptism (Ron Moseley, Ph. D.)

The Jewish Roman World of Jesus.  An excellent resource by James Tabor, with a variety of essays, pictures and pieces of information on Judaism in the first Century, the New Testament and Christian origins

The Martyrs of Lyons

The Pontificate of Pope Saint Leo the Great (Sister Catherine, M.I.C.M)

The Ritual Cannibalism Charge Against Christians

The Transformation of Rome from a Pagan into a Christian City From the book Pagan and Christian Rome by Rodolfo Lanciani



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