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HISTORY

OF

The Christian Church

DURING

THE FIRST THREE CENTURIES.

BY THE REV. J. J. BLUNT, B.D.,

LATE MARGARET PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN THE

UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE.

Second Edition.

LONDON:

JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.

1857.

WORKS BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

I. UNDESIGNED COINCIDENCES in the WRITINGS of

the OLD and NEW TESTAMENTS, an Argument of their VERÁCITY : with an Appendix, containing undesigned Coincidences between the Gospels, Acts, and Josephus. FIFTH EDITION. 8vo. 98.

II. HULSEAN LECTURES : Principles for the Proper Under

standing of the Mosaic WRITINGS, stated and applied, together with an incidental argument for the Truth of the Resurrection of our Lord. Post 8vo. 68. 6d.

III. THE PARISH PRIEST; his Acquirements, Obligations,

and Duties. A Course of Lectures delivered to the Students. SECOND EDITION. Post 8vo. 78. 6d.

IV. PLAIN SERMONS, Preached to a COUNTRY CONGRE

GATION. Post 8vo. 78. 6d.

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PREFACE.

A PORTION of the History of the Church during the First Three Centuries was delivered as a Series of Lectures during the Lent Term of 1854. It was, however, written as a connected History, the Author having always contemplated publishing it, as such, at some future time, when he should have laid aside the duties of his Professorship, and perhaps thus be at liberty to offer to the public those results of his studies which had been hitherto confined to the attendants on his Lectures. The period for the fulfilment of the design seemed to have arrived. Failing health having determined him to resign an office, the duties of which he felt himself no longer able to discharge with that efficiency and vigour without which he could not consider himself justified in retaining it, he had resolved to employ his first leisure in the preparation for the press of his History of the Early Church.

It had been his intention to add to it a chapter on the leading Heresies of the period, treated in such a manner as should present a general view of the obstacles, from false doctrine, with which the Church had, in her infancy, to contend. But he was obliged to relinquish the design ; his declining strength rendering him no longer equal to the labour and research that would be necessary in order

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