Ancient Christians

An Introduction for Latter-day Saints

Forthcoming

Jason R. Combs Mark D. Ellison Catherine Gines Taylor Kristian S. Heal

Ancient Christians: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints is a historical and theological window on Christianity’s first six centuries and beyond. It invites Latter-day Saints to encounter ancient followers of Jesus Christ, to hear what they heard, see what they saw, understand how they worshipped, and learn what they believed. Readers will come to see early Christian women and men as our sisters and brothers, fellow disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Informed by the questions and interests of Latter-day Saints, each chapter explores the history of important ancient Christian beliefs and practices. Readers will also experience the ancient Christians’ material world, their art, architecture, and manuscripts, through beautiful images that adorn the text. Together, their writings and art stand as a witness to the profound faith and devotion of these followers of Christ.

 

Latter-day Saints are connected with early Christians through Joseph Smith’s restoration project and what he called “the primitive church.” Yet the lives of these spiritual forebears are often overlooked, and their faith is sometimes misunderstood. In this book, readers are invited to learn from these venerable ancient Saints, feel their love of God, and rejoice in their testimonies of the Savior of the world. 

Endorsements

This book, though having an intended readership within the Latter-day Saint community, is to be welcomed much more broadly as an introduction to early Christian history that is at once attentive, thematic, and detailed. It is humble yet scholarly, and it shows why this subject really matters to people of faith. . . . I’m so grateful for this project and this lively, respectful conversation between Latter-day and late-Antique Saints.

Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal

This treasury of Latter-day Saint scholarship provides informed and sympathetic insights into the thought and lives of early Christians. . . . Between the excellent scholarship and an exhaustive image collection, you couldn’t ask for a better guide to the early Christian world.

Jennifer C. Lane

Joseph Smith referred to the Restored Church coming forth “out of the wilderness.” He thereby provided the seeds of a historical consciousness that fully appreciates the beauty and power of Christian voices that have persevered through the centuries. . . . This series of essays celebrates the rich legacy of Christian devotion and cultural production long past. . . . Sensitively written and lavishly illustrated, an essential study combining the aesthetic and the scholarly.

Terryl L. Givens

I cannot recommend this gem of a book highly enough. . . . Ancient Christians is a sterling example of disciple-scholarship, as readers will come away not only with a wealth of new knowledge but also with their love for God and our fellow human beings increased.

Patrick Q. Mason

About the Editor

Jason R. Combs

Jason R. Combs is an assistant professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He joined the BYU faculty in 2016 after working as a lecturer at High Point University, Guilford College, and UNC-Greensboro in North Carolina. Combs earned his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern studies from BYU. He holds master's degrees in biblical studies from Yale Divinity School and in classics from Columbia University. He earned his PhD in religious studies with an emphasis on the history of early Christianity from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jason R. Combs

Jason R. Combs is an assistant professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He joined the BYU faculty in 2016 after working as a lecturer at High Point University, Guilford College, and UNC-Greensboro in North Carolina. Combs earned his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern studies from BYU. He holds master's degrees in biblical studies from Yale Divinity School and in classics from Columbia University. He earned his PhD in religious studies with an emphasis on the history of early Christianity from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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