In 1913, George Edmundson gave the University of Oxford's Bampton Lectures, an
annual (now biennial) lecture series that concentrates on Christian theological topics.
This book contains the collection of Edmundson's lectures, all of which concern
Christianity's first two hundred years. The majority of the book's content addresses
the New Testament directly, while a couple of the later lectures concern later early
church figures such as Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Tertullian. During his
time, Edmundson's work was largely ignored, as he was a clergyman rather than a New
Testament scholar. Not only this, but his conclusions differed vastly from the scholarly
consensus of his contemporaries. Today, readers can approach Edmundson's work as one
piece of the ongoing dialogue in literary/historical criticism of the Bible.