Ours is an age of rapid change. What is fashionable comes and goes more quickly than ever before. In a world of such rapid change, it is essential to know who you are -- to know where you come from, to have your roots go deep. Walking through this book is like going to a large family reunion and meeting for the first time some relatives you didn't know you had. Here in all of its richness and diversity is your family of faith -- people as different as Tertullian and Clement of Alexandria, Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther, Ignatius Loyola and John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards and Horace Bushnell. Of course, the roots of Christian education go deep into Hebrew educations. Jesus of Nazareth participated fully in the Hebrew education of his time and was often called a teacher. His commission to His disciples commanded them to teach.
By the time of Jesus and His apostles, two other major educational traditions, the Greek and the Roman, had converged with the Hebrew tradition to be influential in shaping the early stages of Christian education. One unique feather of this book is on the education of the women and the role women have played as educators in the history of the church. In each historical epoch, the authors devote a church. In each historical epoch, the authors devote a chapter to the education of women. This book is deisgned both as a textbook in Christian education courses and as a reference tool that ministers of Chrsitian education pastors will want to have readily available.