Basilides | Gnosticism | Mandaeans | Valentinus

Gnosticism in the Second Century – Francis Crawford Burkitt

Today’s Free book is F.C. Burkitt’s Morse Lectures for 1931 on Gnosticism in the Second Century. It includes discussions of the Gnostics groups of Valentinus, the Barbelo-Gnostics and the Mandaeans. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain title available for digitisation. Francis Crawford Burkitt [1864-1935], Church & Gnosis. A Study of Christian…

Apologists | Clement of Rome | Diatessaron | Didache | Epistle of Barnabas | Epistle to Diognetus | Gnosticism | Ignatius | Justin Martyr | Papias | Shepherd of Hermas | Writings

Introduction to Early Christian Books by William John Ferrar

This handy little book provides brief summaries of Christian writers and their writings up to the middle of the Second Century. My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain volume available for digitisation. William John Ferrar [1868-1945], The Early Christian Books. Handbooks of Christian Literature. London: SPCK, 1919. Hbk. pp.108. [Click here to…

Apologists | Apostles' Creed | Arius | Athanasian Creed | Augustine of Hippo | Baptism | Basil of Caesarea | Church Fathers | Church History | Clement of Alexandria | Clement of Rome | Constantine | Creeds | Cyprian | Cyril of Jerusalem | Didache | Ecclesiology | Eschatology | Eusebius of Caesarea | Gnosticism | Gregory Nazianzus | Gregory of Nyssa | Hilary of Poitiers | Introduction | Irenaeus of Lyons | Jerome | John Chrysostom | Justin Martyr | Montanism | Mystery Religions | Nicene Creed | Origen | Papias | Patristics | Roman Empire | Tertullian | Theodore of Mopsuestia | Trinity

Ancient Catholic Church by Robert Rainy

Today’s free book is Robert Rainy’s comprehensive survey of early church history from the time of the Emperor Trajan to Fourth General Council (98-451 AD). My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of public domain title available for digitisation. Robert Rainy [1826-1906], The Ancient Catholic Church from the Accession of Trajan to the…

Arianism | Arius | Baptism | Church Fathers | Church History | Constantine | Gnosticism | Gregory Thaumaturgos | Ignatius | Justin Martyr | Montanism | Nicaea | Origen | Persecution | Tertullian

Backhouse & Tylor’s Early Church History to the Time of Constantine

Early Church History to the Death of Constantine was Edward Backhouse’s final work and was completed posthumously by Charles Tylor. Backhouse intended to write church history from the perspective of The Society of Friends (Quakers). His desire, perhaps not fully allowed to himself, was to find out with what early early teachers stigmatised as heretics…

Bible | Celsus | Criticism | Gnosticism

Edward J Young’s Ph.D. Thesis – Biblical Criticism to the end of the Second Century – Now on-line

I read recently on one of Ben Witherington’s post on Facebook that Gordon Fee’s 1966 Ph.D. Thesis on the Bodmer Papyri was now available on-line (here). This reminded me that some years ago I received permission to place Edward J. Young’s Ph.D. Thesis online. Edward J. Young, “Biblical Criticism in the Second Century” (Ph.D. diss.,…

Alexandria | Gnosticism | Introduction | Montanism | Nicaea | Rome

H.N. Bate’s History of the Church to AD 325 now available on-line

The following public domain book is now available on-line in PDF: H.N. Bate, History Of The Church to A.D. 325, 2nd edn. London: Rivingtons, 1924. Hbk. pp.140. I remember finding this book extremely helpful when I was studying church history and so was pleased to find that the copyright has expired. It can now be…