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272 Pages

9.2 x 6.0 inches

ISBN: 9780198825517


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The Donatist Church in an Apocalyptic Age

Jesse A. Hoover

  • Explores how the Donatist church, a schismatic movement that for a brief moment formed the majority church in Roman North Africa interpreted the apocalypse during the first two centuries of its existence (c. 300-500)
  • Uncovers a significant element within the dissident movement's self-perception that has so far gone unexamined
  • Argues that such eschatological expectations are not out of sync with the wider world of Latin Christianity in late antiquity, and that they functioned as an effective polemical strategy designed to counter their opponents' claim to be the true church in North Africa
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