This thousand-page recitation of early church history, widely acclaimed upon its publication in 1984 as the standard reference in its field, takes us down to the year 604. The writing is crisp, the scholarship impeccable. Historical narrative at its best. 1042 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
The definitive text in early church history, Frend's The Rise of Christianity offers a vast, panoramic sweep of Christianity's first six centuries, from the dust of Palestine to the court of Justinian and the parting of Eastern and Western Christianity. With many maps, chronologies, and graphics, Frend's text is an engaging story but also an immensely learned and careful work of scholarship. Elegantly written. It is a marvelous reference work. It will become the standard church history of our time for scholar and novice alike.