Christianity and the Roman Empire

Christianity and the Roman Empire

By (author) Novak


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The rise of Christianity during the first four centuries of the common era was the pivotal development in Western history and profoundly influenced the later direction of all world history. Yet, for all that has been written on early Christian history, the primary sources for this history are widely scattered, difficult to find, and generally unknown to lay persons and to historians not specially trained in the field. In Christianity and the Roman Empire Ralph Novak interweaves these primary sources with a narrative text and constructs a single continuous account of these crucial centuries. The primary sources are selected to emphasize the manner in which the government and the people of the Roman Empire perceived Christians socially and politically; the ways in which these perceptions influenced the treatment of Christians within the Roman Empire; and the manner in which Christians established their political and religious dominance of the Roman Empire after Constantine the Great came to power in the early fourth century CE. Ralph Martin Novak holds a Masters Degree in Roman History from the University of Chicago.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • 01 Mar 2001
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Continuum International Publishing Group - Trinity
  • London
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1563383470
  • 9781563383472
  • 1,926,266

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Ralph Martin Novak holds a Masters Degree in Roman History from the University of Chicago.

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"Novak's excellent book grew out of his own teaching of many adult classes and forums in Christian communities. This excellent, well-organized work brings the reader into the presence of many of the texts that help us discern the relationship of the earliest believers to the Roman world in which man of them lived." Sarah Henrich, Luther Seminary, St.--Sanford Lakoff "Word and World "

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