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Description Buried for more than a millennium beneath sand and the erosions of time are the remnants of a vital, formative Christian presence in Libya. From about A. By the mids A. A rich and energetic community produced a wide variety of key players from early martyrs to great thinkers to archheretics.


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Tertullian, the great theologian, and Sabellius, the heretic, are relatively well known. Less well known are the martyrs Wasilla and Theodore and the great poet-philosopher-bishop Synesius of Cyrene.

Early Libyan Christianity: Uncovering a North African Tradition. By Thomas C. Oden

Uncovering this North African tradition and offering it to a wide reading audience is the task that Tom Oden sets for himself in this fascinating tour de force. The book, originating as lectures delivered at the Islamic Da'wa University in Tripoli in and later expanded as the W. Griffith Thomas Lectures in at Dallas Theological Seminary, has been expanded and refined to provide additional insights and references, surveying the texts, architecture and landmarks of this important period of Christian history.

Review quote "The study of early Christianity in North Africa has been largely confined to the regions around Carthage and Alexandria, but what lies between, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, has been virtually ignored. This is truly a groundbreaking work.

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The book, originating as lectures delivered at the Islamic Da'wa University in Tripoli in and later expanded as the W. Griffith Thomas Lectures in at Dallas Theological Seminary, has been expanded and refined to provide additional insights and references, surveying the texts, architecture and landmarks of this important period of Christian history. Acknowledgments Abbreviations List of Illustrations 1. A Buried History Awaiting Discovery 2.

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