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The Spreading Flame
The Rise and Progress of Christianity from Its First Beginnings to Eighth-Century England

Overview


This story of the early Christian church – from its infancy to the conversion of the English in about A.D. 800 – pictures a church that is an unquenchable spiritual force organized for tribulation. Its spiritual resources are never stronger than in times of seeming disaster. Bruce gives the reader a feel for the evangelistic fervor of the Apostles and the early Christians in a narrative filled with solid, well-reasoned, richly researched facts. The way in which Bruce conveys the sweeping narrative of the New Testament and the early church is enthralling. Originally published as three books: “The Dawn of Christianity” deals with the church from its infancy to the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, “The Growing Day” continues to the accession of Constantine in A.D. 313, and “Light in the West” covers Christianity in Rome and its spread to the British Isles. These three were then revised and combined into this one volume.
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Description


This story of the early Christian church – from its infancy to the conversion of the English in about A.D. 800 – pictures a church that is an unquenchable spiritual force organized for tribulation. Its spiritual resources are never stronger than in times of seeming disaster. The book is divided into three sections: “The Dawn of Christianity” deals with the church from its infancy to the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70; “The Growing Day” continues to the accession of Constantine in A.D. 313; and “Light in the West” covers Christianity in Rome and its spread to the British Isles. The Spreading Flame gives a concise and very readable account of the origins of the Christian Church, its chequered history, the heresies that challenged it, as well as the development of its worship, discipline and government. The way in which Bruce conveys the sweeping narrative of the New Testament and early church history is enthralling.
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About the author


F.F. Bruce (1910-1990), known worldwide as the “dean of evangelical scholarship,” was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. A prolific writer, his book The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? is considered a classic. Bruce combined an immense contribution to evangelical scholarship with a passion for proclaiming the Bible as God’s guide for our lives. He used his great knowledge to explain the Bible simply and clearly.
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Book details

Genre:RELIGION

Subgenre:Christianity / History

Language:English

Pages:432

eBook ISBN:9781912149117


Overview


This story of the early Christian church – from its infancy to the conversion of the English in about A.D. 800 – pictures a church that is an unquenchable spiritual force organized for tribulation. Its spiritual resources are never stronger than in times of seeming disaster. Bruce gives the reader a feel for the evangelistic fervor of the Apostles and the early Christians in a narrative filled with solid, well-reasoned, richly researched facts. The way in which Bruce conveys the sweeping narrative of the New Testament and the early church is enthralling. Originally published as three books: “The Dawn of Christianity” deals with the church from its infancy to the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, “The Growing Day” continues to the accession of Constantine in A.D. 313, and “Light in the West” covers Christianity in Rome and its spread to the British Isles. These three were then revised and combined into this one volume.

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Description


This story of the early Christian church – from its infancy to the conversion of the English in about A.D. 800 – pictures a church that is an unquenchable spiritual force organized for tribulation. Its spiritual resources are never stronger than in times of seeming disaster. The book is divided into three sections: “The Dawn of Christianity” deals with the church from its infancy to the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70; “The Growing Day” continues to the accession of Constantine in A.D. 313; and “Light in the West” covers Christianity in Rome and its spread to the British Isles. The Spreading Flame gives a concise and very readable account of the origins of the Christian Church, its chequered history, the heresies that challenged it, as well as the development of its worship, discipline and government. The way in which Bruce conveys the sweeping narrative of the New Testament and early church history is enthralling.

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About the author


F.F. Bruce (1910-1990), known worldwide as the “dean of evangelical scholarship,” was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. A prolific writer, his book The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? is considered a classic. Bruce combined an immense contribution to evangelical scholarship with a passion for proclaiming the Bible as God’s guide for our lives. He used his great knowledge to explain the Bible simply and clearly.
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