One of the most conspicuous innovations of early Christianity within Greco-Roman culture is its reliance upon a collection of authoritative texts. The ultimate author of Scripture was thought to be God Himself, whose will could and should be sought and found in these holy writings. For this reason it is not surprising that very soon these texts not only became the object of careful attention and scholarly study, but also put their stamp on the various forms and manifestations of early Christian life, such as martyrdom, asceticism, liturgy, art, and literature.
This multifarious influence of Scripture is the subject of
The Impact of Scripture in Early Christianity. It contains fourteen contributions, predominantly in English, by Belgian and Dutch scholars which have been gathered in a thematically ordered collection.
J. den Boeft, Ph.D. (1970) in Classical Philology, University of Leiden, is Professor of Latin at the Free University, Amsterdam, and of Hellenistic Religions at the University of Utrecht. Areas of interest: Augustine, early Christian martyrdom, Roman poetry, Ammiamus Marcellinus.
M.L. van Poll-van de Lisdonk, Ph.D. (1981) in Classical Philology, Catholic University at Nijmegen. Member of the Comité de rédaction of Erasmus'
Opera omnia, editor of vol. II 1 and 2 (
Of considerable interest to specialists in the areas touched upon and ro research libraries.'
Michael W. Holmes,
Religious Studies Review, 2000.
All those interested in early christianity, the history of the Church, ancient history and thought, classical philology and theology.