Looking for a history of (Christian) ideas resource

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, May 22 2021 2:22 AM

Does anyone know of a resource that attempts to identify the first time a particular idea in Christian thought was preserved in writing? I know that History of Ideas is a small department in the University that offer it but ... 

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, May 22 2021 4:38 AM

Shalom MJ!

I would think that the standard textbooks on the history of dogma/theology would cover this subject, e.g. Hägglund's History of Theology or González's History of Christian Thought.

This presentation of the history of theology is designed to provide an introduction to Christian dogmatic literature and to describe its stages of development. The history of theology is, therefore, a branch of the history of ideas; it deals with the sources of the Christian tradition and examines the development of ideas reflected therein.

Bengt Hagglund, History of Theology, electronic ed. (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1999), 5.

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