Title: Fragments of Christianity: Fragmentary Witnesses to Early Christian Liturgies, Hymns, Homilies, and Prayers
Author: Rick Brannan
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What were early Christians like? How did they worship? How did they pray? How did they preach? Brannan sifted through volumes of papyrological evidence to provide transcriptions and translations of examples of prayers, homilies, hymns, liturgies, and theological treatises, each with an introduction and brief discussion. These fragmentary examples of Christian material provide a link to the people who created them and who practised their religion with them. They are direct evidence of the practice of Christianity. They date from as early as the second century through the fifth century. These papyri provide a glimpse into the lives and practice of early Christians.
About the Author
Rick Brannan is the translator of the Apostolic Fathers in English, author and translator of Greek Apocryphal Gospels, Fragments, and Agrapha, and managing editor of the Lexham English Septuagint. He has also published Greek Reader editions of the Acts of Pilate and the First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John. He is currently researching the Greek text of the Shepherd of Hermas for a forthcoming publication.
We’re excited! We’ve received word that Logos will publish their version of Rick Brannan’s Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy on December 29! Order it from Logos at $14.99 soon to get in on the deal.
We’re excited about this because Brannan’s work provides a new angle on examining the vocabulary of the Pastoral Epistles. And we’re really excited because all proceeds (both print and Logos) go to directly support the Brannans’ adoption of their third child.
So get a great commentary (and reference work!) on the vocabulary of First Timothy and help support the Brannans’ adoption.
Also: Rick is actively working on the Second Timothy volume in the Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles series. He tells us he has a draft of the content for 2 Timothy 1 complete, and is starting on chapter 2.
Just this morning, we started working on getting Rick Brannan’s Building a Firm Foundation: A 12-Week Study on the Apostles’ Creed ready to publish. Brannan’s work is a look at the topics of the Apostles’ Creed through the lens of the Heidelberg Catechism.
The Heidelberg Catechism is designed to provide a teaching schedule for the year. It is broken into 52 “Lord’s Days”, indicating the subject matter to be taught each week.
Because the Heidelberg Catechism is designed to teach, it utilizes three main components: The Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and The Lord’s Prayer. The bulk of the catechism is concerned with the exposition of these three components. This 12-week study is essentially a study on the Apostles’ Creed that uses the Heidelberg Catechism as a foundation for examining the Apostles’ Creed in detail.
Each week’s study, then, will look to the biblical text to examine the teaching in the Heidelberg Catechism as regards the Apostles Creed with a goal of better understanding the statements in the Apostles Creed.
Just a note: While this description mentions the Heidelberg Catechism frequently, in practice the catechism itself is in the background of the study. This is not a course focused on the catechism, and Brannan’s approach is broadly evangelical.
If all goes well, we hope to have copies ready for purchase by the end of July, 2016.