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Early Christianity in Asia Minor and Cyprus: From the Margins to the Mainstream
Mitchell, Stephen and Philipp Pilhofer, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2019 pp. xx + 280. $132.00

Series Information
Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, 109

Description: This volume is part of the Berlin Topoi project re-examing the early Christian history of Asia Minor, Greece and the South Balkans, and is concerned with the emergence of Christianity in Asia Minor and in Cyprus. Five essays focus on the east Anatolian provinces, including a comprehensive evaluation of early Christianity in Cappadocia, a comparative study of the Christian poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus and his anonymous epigraphic contemporaries and three essays which pay special attention to the hagiography of Cappadocia and Armenia Minor. The remaining essays include a new analysis of the role of Constantinople in episcopal elections across Asia Minor, a detailed appraisal of the archaeological evidence from Sagalassus in Pisidia, a discussion of the significance of inscriptions in Carian sanctuaries through late antiquity, and a survey of Christian inscriptions from Cyprus. Contributors include Gaetano Arena, Aude Busine, Margherita Cassia, Turhan KaÁar, Stephen Mitchell, Philipp Pilhofer, Anna M. Sitz, Daniela Summa, Peter Talloen, and Christiane Zimmerman.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Early Church Origins, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Raymond Van Dam
Published 9/24/2020
Citation: Raymond Van Dam, review of Stephen Mitchell and Philipp Pilhofer, eds., Early Christianity in Asia Minor and Cyprus: From the Margins to the Mainstream, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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