The Cross Before Constantine : The Early Life of a Christian Symbol, Paperback / softback Book

The Cross Before Constantine : The Early Life of a Christian Symbol Paperback / softback

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This book brings together, for the first time, the relevant material evidence demonstrating Christian use of the cross prior to Constantine.

Bruce W. Longenecker upends a longstanding consensus that the cross was not a Christian symbol until Constantine appropriated it to consolidate his power in the fourth century.

Longenecker presents a wide variety of artifacts from across the Mediterranean basin that testify to the use of the cross as a visual symbol by some pre-Constantinian Christians.

Those artifacts interlock with literary witnesses from the same period to provide a consistent and robust portrait of the cross as a pre-Constantinian symbol of Christian devotion.

The material record of the pre-Constantinian period illustrates that Constantine did not invent the cross as a symbol of Christian faith,- for an impressive number of Christians before Constantine's reign, the cross served as a visual symbol of commitment to a living deity in a dangerous world.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press,U.S.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Religious subjects depicted in art
  • ISBN: 9781451490305

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