Other Books by Dr. Everett Ferguson

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Table of Contents

  1. Backgrounds of Early Christianity
  2. The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today
  3. Baptism in the Early Church
  4. Church History, vol. 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation
  5. Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Moses
  6. Selected Popular Lectures and Articles
  7. The Early Church at Work and Worship
  8. The Early Church and Today, Volume 1
  9. The Early Church and Today, Volume 2

Backgrounds of Early Christianity

ISBN: 9780802822215

Having long served as a standard introduction to the world of the early church, Everett Ferguson's Backgrounds of Early Christianity has been expanded and updated in this third edition. The book explores and unpacks the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, religious, and philosophical backgrounds necessary for a good historical understanding of the New Testament and the early church. New to this edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, and fresh discussions of first-century social life, of Gnosticism, and of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish literature. (quoted from Eerdmans's webpage)

This paperback book is available at Amazon.com at the following link:

 

The paperback is available from the publisher Eerdmans without discount ($40). The e-book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble but it is only slightly less that the paperback. However, at the date of this writing, if you purchase the paperback from Amazon.com, you can then purchase the e-book for just $2.99 in their Kindle Matchbook program.

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The Church of Christ: A Biblical Ecclesiology for Today

ISBN: 9780802841896

The Church of Christ develops the affirmation that Christ is not complete without his people. It grounds ecclesiology in Christology and soteriology. Beginning with the Old Testament basis of the New Testament teaching about the church, the book gives a consistent correlation of Christ with the church's nature, membership, assemblies, ministry, and life.

This is not a historical study but a doctrinal study. The aim is to present a biblical theology of the church. A doctrinal approach, however, does not mean a doctrinal scheme is imposed on the text; rather, the effort is to let the doctrinal teaching arise out of the text itself.

The systematic treatment of the topics traditionally covered in studies of the doctrine of the church are here brought together in relationship to Christ, who is seen as providing the nature of the church and of its membership and as providing not only the example for the church but also a living continuation of himself in its worship, polity, and ethics.

The "Today" in the subtitle does not imply a tailoring of biblical ecclesiology to the interests of the present, but is meant to emphasize that biblical ecclesiology is viable today; it is also an acknowledgment that the questions addressed are in part shaped by contemporary as well as historical issues in ecclesiology. In light of these considerations, Ferguson unveils a comprehensive model of the church that is both biblically centered and relevant to today's world. (quoted from Eerdmans' webpage)

The paperback is available at Amazon.com at the following link:

 

The paperback is available from the publisher Eerdmans without discount ($40). The e-book is available at Amazon but it is only slightly less that the paperback. However, at the date of this writing, if you purchase the paperback from Amazon.com, you can then purchase the e-book for just $2.99 in their Kindle Matchbook program.

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Baptism in the Early Church

ISBN: 9780802871084

This magisterial volume is a comprehensive survey of the doctrine and practice of baptism in the first five centuries of Christian history, arranged geographically within chronological periods. Baptism in the Early Church covers the antecedents to Christian baptism and traces the history of Christian doctrine and practice from the New Testament through the writings of the church fathers of the fourth and fifth centuries. The book deals primarily with the literary sources, though it also gives attention to depictions of baptism (primarily of Jesus) in various art forms and to the surviving baptismal fonts.

Ferguson's thorough study points to the central importance of baptism in the early church. Many blessings were attributed to baptism, but the two earliest and most consistently mentioned are forgiveness of sins and the reception of the Holy Spirit; faith and repentance were necessary in order to receive these benefits. Jewish immersion rites, the practice of John the Baptist, the meaning of the words used for baptism, the literary descriptions, and the material remains argue that full immersion was the normal practice, and the evidence from art is consistent with this interpretation.

Containing nearly everything currently known about the early Christian ritual of baptism, with extensive citations to the primary and secondary literature, Ferguson's Baptism in the Early Church is destined to be a standard reference work. (quoted from Eerdmans' website)

The paperback is available at Amazon.com at the following link:

 

The paperback is available from the publisher Eerdmans without discount ($55). The paperback is at Barnes & Noble at a slightly higher price. The e-book is available at Amazon but it is actually more expensive than the paperback. However, at the date of this writing, if you purchase the paperback from Amazon.com, you can then purchase the e-book for just $2.99 in their Kindle Matchbook program.

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Church History, vol. 1: From Christ to Pre-Reformation

ISBN 9780310205807

Church History offers a unique contextual view of how the Christian church spread and developed. It did so not in a vacuum, but in a setting of times, cultures, and events that both influenced and were influenced by the church. Church History looks closely at the integral link between the history of the world and that of the church. Volume one explores the development of the church from the days of Jesus to the years prior to the Reformation. Filled with maps, charts, and illustrations, it offers overviews of the Roman, Greek, and Jewish worlds; insights into the church’s relationship to the Roman empire, with glimpses into pagan attitudes toward Christians; the place of art and architecture, literature and philosophy, both sacred and secular; and much more, spanning the time from the first through the thirteenth centuries. Volume One Content Overview 1. The Setting for the Story’s Beginning 2. Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church 3. The Subapostolic Age 4. The Church and the Empire 5. Heresies and Schisms of the Second Century 6. The Defense Against Rival Interpretations 7. The Fathers of the Old Catholic Church and Their Problems 8. Church Life in the Second and Third Centuries 9. Development of the Church During the Third Century 10. Diocletian and Constantine: On the Threshold of the Fourth Century 11. The Church in the Fourth Century: Doctrine, Organization, and Literature 12. The Church in the Fourth and Early Fifth Centuries: Monasticism, Expansion, Life, and Worship 13. Christological Controversies to Chalcedon 14. Augustine, Pelagius, and Semipelagianism 15. Transitions to the Middle Ages: Germanic Migrations, Doctrinal Developments, and the Papacy 16. Eastern and Western Churches in the Fifth and Sixth Centuries 17. The Eastern Church from the Seventh to Eleventh Centuries 18. The Western Church from the Seventh to Ninth Centuries 19. Decline and Renewal of Vitality in the West: The Ninth to Eleventh Centuries 20. The Papal Reform Movement and the First Crusade 21. Intellectual Revival: The Rise of Scholasticism 22. Monastic, Literary, Political, and Cultural Activities in the Twelfth Centuries 23. The Glory of the Western Medieval Church: The Thirteenth Century 24. Portents of Decline (copied from the Zondervan webpage)

The hardback is available at Amazon.com at the following link:

 

At the time of this writing, the hardback is available from the publisher Zondervan at a usual price of $44.99, but with a special discount price of 22.50. The hardback and Kindle e-book are less expensive that those at Barnes and Noble.

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Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Moses

ISBN 9780809121120

This great spiritual master of the fourth century was born as the general persecution of Christians was ending. One of the Greek Cappadocian Fathers (the other two were Gregory's brother, St. Basil the Great, and their mutual friend, St. Gregory Nazianzen), Gregory has come to be regarded increasingly as the most brilliant and subtle thinker and most profound mystical teacher of the three. Whether or not one agrees with Jean Danielou who saw Gregory as the founder of mystical importance within the Christian tradition. The Life of Moses has special significance because it reflects Gregory's "spiritual sense" of the Scriptures. He maintained that the ultimate purpose of the Bible was not its historical teachings but its capacity for elevating the soul to God. Gregory saw the totality of the spiritual life as an "epektasis," a continual growth or straining ahead, as in the words of St. Paul, "Forgetting the past, I strain for what is still to come." Gregory frames an immensely significant synthesis of the earlier Hellenistic and Jewish traditions in this work. He describes the spiritual ascent as taking place in three stages, symbolized by the Lord's revelation of Himself to Moses, first in light, then in the cloud and, finally, in the dark. This translation and introduction, winner of the Christian Research Foundation Award, has been expertly rendered by Professors Abraham Malherbe of Yale University and Everett Ferguson of Abilene Christian University. (copied from Amazon)

I cannot find any e-books for this title. It is available in paperbacks and hardbacks, and the paperback at Amazon.com is as follows:

There are two publishers of this book translated by Abraham Malherbe and Everett Ferguson. The original publisher is Paulist Press and this version contains the extensive notes from the translators. The later Harper version omits entirely the extensive notes of the translators and instead added a new Foreword, which, in the words of Dr. Ferguson, "misunderstands Gregory of Nyssa by puting the whole emphasis on human effort at being a better person." Therefore, the link above is for the Paulist Press edition.

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Selected Popular Lectures and Articles

ISBN 9780989087223

Collected Popular Articles and Lectures is a compilation of various works written by Everett Ferguson and include some previously unpublished sermons and lectures and articles written for popular religious publications.  This book covers a range of topics such as baptism and salvation, to worship and assembly.  All of the articles and lectures provided were written by one who is not only a teacher of Bible and Christian history, but one who is a preacher, an elder, and a world-class scholar, writer, and editor.  Each topic has been written with an understanding of the historical background, grammatical context, and commendable attitude.

There are no e-books for this title. It can only be purchased from Yeomen Press (316-217-1309, or yeomenpress@gmail.com). The price there is $19.95.

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The Early Church at Work and Worship

ISBN 9781608993079

This is the first volume of Ferguson's collected essays, and includes some of his most memorable work, especially on ''laying on of hands.'' (copied from Amazon)

There are no e-books available for this title. The best buy I can find is $31.20 directly from Cascade Books. The title at Amazon.com is priced as follows:

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The Early Church and Today, Volume 1

ISBN 9780891125860

The Early Church and Today is a collection of scholarly articles by an acclaimed specialist in early Christianity written for a broad audience. The topics taken from the New Testament and other early Christian literature are relevant for the church today. The articles are grouped in the following categories: Volume 1, church and ministry; Volume 2, Christian living, biblical interpretation, the restoration motif, religious liberty, and the book of Acts of the Apostles. (copied from Amazon)

The following is the link to the Amazon.com paperback:

This title is also available as an Amazon Kindle e-book priced at $8.49.

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The Early Church and Today, Volume 2

ISBN 9780891125846

The discription of this title is covered in Volume 1 above.

The following is the link to the Amazon.com paperback:

There does not appear to be an e-book for this title at this time.

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