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Part I. The Beginnings: The New Testament to Irenaeus: 1. Introduction: Christian literary genres and their second-century development Frances Young 2. Apostolic and subapostolic writings: the New Testament and the Apostolic fathers R. A. Norris 3. Gnostic literature R. A. Norris 4. Apocryphal material: acts of the martyrs R. A. Norris 5. Apologetic material: Melito and the Peri Pascha R. A. Norris 6. Irenaeus R. A. Norris 7. Social and historical setting John Behr 8. Articulating identity R. A. Norris 9. Christian teaching Frances Young 10. Towards a hermeneutic of second-century texts Frances Young Part II. The Third Century: 11. The Alexandrians Ronald E. Heine 12. The beginnings of Latin Christian literature Ronald E. Heine 13. Hippolytus, pseudo-Hippolytus and the early canons Ronald E. Heine 14. Cyprian and Novatian Ronald E. Heine 15. Syriac literature Sebastian Brock 16. Concluding review: the literary culture of the third Century Frances Young 17. Social and historical setting: Christianity as culture critique Karen Jo Torjesen 18. Articulating identity Ronald E. Heine 19. Christian teaching David Dawson 20. The significance of third-century Christian literature Frances Young Part III. Foundations of a New Culture: From Diocletian to Cyril: 21. Classical genres in Christian guise: Christian genres in classical guise Frances Young 22. Arnobius and Lactantius Oliver Nicholson 23. Eusebius and the birth of church history Andrew Louth 24. Fourth-century Alexandrians: Athanasius and Didymus Andrew Louth 25. Palastine: Cyril of Jerusalem and Epiphanius Andrew Louth 26. The Cappadocians Andrew Louth 27. Fourth-century Latin writers: Hilary, Victorinus, Ambrose, Ambrosiaster David G. Hunter 28. Jerome and Rufinus Mark Vessey 29. Augustine Henry Chadwick 30. John Chrysostom and the antiochene school to Theodoret of Cyrrhus Andrew Louth 31. Cyril of Alexandria Andrew Louth 32. Hagiography Andrew Louth 33. Ephrem and the Syriac tradition Sebastian Brock 34. The literature of the monastic movement Andrew Louth 35. Women and words: texts by and about women Susan Ashbrook Harvey 36. Conciliar records and canons Andrew Louth 37. Social and historical setting R. A. Markus 38. Articulating identity Lewis Ayres 39. Christian teaching Frances Young 40. Retrospect: interpretation and appropriation Frances Young.