The Faith and the Power: The Inspiring Story of the First Christians & How They Survived the Madness of Rome: A First Century History

The Faith and the Power: The Inspiring Story of the First Christians & How They Survived the Madness of Rome: A First Century History

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By (author) James D Snyder

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  • Publisher: Pharos Books
  • Format: Paperback | 415 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 23mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2002
  • ISBN 10: 0967520029
  • ISBN 13: 9780967520025
  • Edition: 1

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When Jesus left this world he left behind a faith and power that sustained his followers in a treacherous, turbulent world. This stirring account of the first forty years after the crucifixion digs into the bedrock of early Christianity, rediscovering the strengths that empowered the apostles in the darkness of a debauched Roman Empire.The Faith and the Power brings readers face to face with the period?'s most powerful personalities - Peter, Paul, Caligula, Nero, Herod Agrippa, Josephus - and how they influenced each other?'s destinies. It illuminates Acts of the New Testament by unearthing such important new insights as why emperors purged the early Christians and why Nero?'s insatiable greed forced the Judaism into a suicidal rebellion. And it shows why Rome itself nearly self-destructed and in that process gave rise to a more powerful message of a loving, gracious God.

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âA gifted journalist has written a gripping account of the years between Jesusâ crucifixion and the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. * * * Anyone who thinks church history is boring needs to read this book.â Church Libraries MagazineâA breezy, engagingâ¦entry into the mood and ethos of the early Christian and Roman worlds. Intended for general readers.â - Choice (Feb. 2003)"Well written and provocative:" Dr. Philip Jenkins, Professor of Religion, Penn State University."Snyder has masterfully woven together the Jewish, Christian, Greek and Roman threads of this era into an historically-accurate tapestry of the times." Paul L. Maier, Professor of Ancient History, Western Michigan University.