Retribution is a central theme in the study of religion and pervades the work of the earliest Christian historians. 'Early Christian Historiography' examines the logic of retribution within the works of key figures in Christian history: St Luke, the first Christian historian, the Roman historian Eusebius, Rufinus of Aquileia and St Augustine of Hippo. It engages with questions such as: is there reason and order within the universe; do human actions matter; is there a god of retribution? The writings of the earliest Christians are compared with early pagan history-writing and the Christian concerns of forgiveness and redemption are examined in light of theories of retribution. This authoritative study will be invaluable to historians of religion, theology and ancient history.
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Author Biography - G. W. Trompf
G.W. Trompf is Professor of the History of Ideas, University of Sydney. He was formerly Professor of History at the University of Papua New Guinea. He is founding editor of the monograph series Studies in World Religions; Gnostica; and Sydney Studies in Religion; and he is Chairman of the Association of The Journal of Religious History. His other books include The Idea of Historical Recurrence in Western Thought and Melanesian Religion.