I just learned that Early Christianity in North Africa will be released later in the summer by British publisher James Clarke and Co, which will facilitate UK students of early and African Christianity accessing and reading Decret's work. One of the things that I liked about the UK edition is the new cover, which features African church mothers Perpetua and Felicitas, who were martyred in Carthage on March 7, 203.
James Clark and Co. offered the following helpful description on their website:
François Decret’s Early Christianity in North Africa has long been recognised as the best general overview of the early African church. After continuously recommending Decret’s book to his students, Edward Smither recognised the demand for it to be made available in English translation, and in this title we see the fruits of his endeavours.
Martyrs, exegetes, catechumens, and councils enlarge this study of North African Christianity, a region often reduced to its dominant patristic personalities. This quality translation of an important book captures the unique spirit of an invaluable chapter of church history.
Preface to the English Translation
1. Geographical and Historical Background
2. Origins of the African Church
3. Tertullian: the "Master"
4. Mid-Third-Century Persecution and Crisis in Africa
5. Cyprian, the "Pope" of Carthage
6. Organization and Life of the Third-Century African Churches
7. The Donatist Schism and the Division of African Christianity
8. The Diverse African Religious Landscape in Late Antiquity
9. Augustine of Hippo and the Glory of the "Great Church"
10. The Final Stages of the African Church: From the Vandal invasion to the Arab Maghreb
Finally, they and have generously offered chapters 1 and 5 for free preview. Early Christianity in North Africa remains available through the North American publisher Wipf & Stock.
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