Mormonism and Early Christianity

From the outset of his career, Dr. Hugh Nibley has been centrally concerned with primitive Christianity, especially the shadowy era between the New Testament proper and the emergence and the triumph of the Catholic Church and Holy Roman Empire. That is the era treated in the nine essays collected in this volume.

The essays cover such subjects as early accounts of Jesus’ childhood, the Savior’s forty-day ministry after his resurrection, baptism for the dead in ancient times, the passing of the primitive church, and the early Christian prayer circle.

Each essay examines the close connection between the practices and the doctrines of the early Church and the Church of the latter days. Each essay has been reedited, and all the original sources have been rechecked. Many of the conclusions and arguments in these articles will stand in future scholarship; others will be discarded. But Hugh Nibley’s work has laid the foundation for all further discussion.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Early Accounts of Jesus' Childhood
  • Evangelium Quadraginta Dierum: The Forty-day Mission of Christ - The Forgotten Heritage
  • The Early Christian Prayer Circle
  • Baptism for the Dead in Ancient Times
  • The Passing of the Primitive Church: Forty Variations on an Unpopular Theme
  • The Way of the Church
  • Jerusalem: In Early Christianty
  • What Is a Temple?
  • Christian Envy of the Temple
  • Key to Abbreviations
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: 1987
  • ISBN 13: 978-0875791272
  • Page Count: 466
  • Illustration(s): 0
  • Binding: hardcover
  • Price: $ 39.95
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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