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The Making of the Medieval Middle East$
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Jack Tannous

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691179094

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691179094.001.0001

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A House with Many Mansions

A House with Many Mansions

(p.225) Chapter 9 A House with Many Mansions
The Making of the Medieval Middle East

Jack Tannous

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses Christianity. There was a range of Christian beliefs and a gamut of understandings of what was encouraged, what was acceptable, and what was forbidden by church leaders for Christians to do and to believe. When Arab conquerors rode into the Middle East in the 630s and 640s, the Christianity they would have encountered would have included that of all these people, and others as well. The spectrum of what was acceptable and what was not for a Christian could be person relative and depending on the issue, different Christian authorities might have divergent standards. As such, there was also a broad spectrum of beliefs held by Christians. This spectrum extended well beyond the Christologically based doctrinal typologies carefully laid out in modern patristic manuals and theological textbooks.

Keywords:   Christianity, Christian beliefs, church leaders, Christians, Arab conquerors, Middle East, Christian authorities, Christian doctrines

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