The Spread of Early Christianity: A Valuable Tool
In the course of working on my current book project, I’ve come across another useful resource: Roderic L. Mullen, The Expansion of Christianity: A Gazetteer of Its First Three Centuries (Leiden: Brill, 2004). This is a unique resource for tracing the specifics of the expansion of Christianity in the first three centuries.
After a helpful introduction, the main part of the book comprises an area-by-area listing of sites where Christians were in these early centuries, each site also given brief commentary. Mullen has also provided a rich bibliographical resource of other scholarly publications on which he has drawn. There are also a number of maps showing where these specific sites are. The publisher’s online catalogue entry is here.
Published by Brill, it’s pricey (156 Euros), and so will likely be affordable only by adequately resourced and committed libraries (and middle-Eastern oil sheiks). But it’s a seriously good piece of work and a genuinely valuable resource for scholarly investigation of early Christianity.