Book Recommendations ?
#1
I'm looking for books that cover in depth the first 3 centuries of Christianity, basically from the Book of Acts to Constantine. Hopefully I can get a few titles in case anything is hard to get. Thank you.
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#2
Father John Laux "Church History" is a good place to start. It has a number of chapters devoted to this time, and then carries on to the middle of the 20th Century. It is written specifically for students or interested, amateur adults.
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Well, a classic text would be Eusebius's Church History.  It isn't written as a modern historical critical text, so if that's what you're looking for, then this probably won't be helpful to you.  Some within the Church have also criticized it for being too favorable to Constantine.  I, however, own a copy of it and have benefited from reading it.  You might also look to make use of this as part of your study: Ecclesiastical History.
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I realize he's not a Catholic author but Henry Chadwick's The Penguin History of the Church: The Early Church might interest you.  Some of the reviews (no, I haven't read it, but hope to one day) characterize it as dense or dry but very good overall.  It costs nothing to check it out.  Speaking of "checking it out", your library may even have a copy :-) .
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#5
If you can't find that book
may I suggest Moby Dick
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#6
My library system has The History Of The Church From Christ To Constantine by Eusebius, which sounds pretty good. I'm particularly interested in the Roman persecutions, catacombs, etc. Thanks.
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#7
Jaroslav Pelikan, The Christian Tradition, is very well sourced.
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