The Emergence of Christianity by Cynthia White

By Cynthia White

The old Romans believed that merely right polytheistic worship might preserve the pax Romana, or Roman Peace. within the first century A.D., a splinter sect of Judaism started to crack this wall, bringing upheaval, persecution, and conversion into the lives of Romans, Jews, Christians, and pagans. This intriguing quantity explores the emergence of Christianity in Rome throughout the first 4 centuries of the Greco-Roman empire, from the 1st fans of Jesus Christ, to conflicts among Christians and Jewish kings below Roman profession, to the torture of Christian fans, Diocletian's reforms, and Constantine's eventual conversion to monotheism, which cemented Christianity's prestige because the legitimate faith of Rome.

Supplemented by means of pictures, fundamental record excerpts, biographies of key figures, a thesaurus, an annotated bibliography and an index, this quantity is a perfect reference resource for college students and basic readers alike.

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Pompey was in the east on other business. 1). , the Lex Gabinia granted Pompey a three-year imperium, “authority of the government,” over the entire Mediterranean to eradicate the pirates. He accomplished this in three months rather than in the anticipated three years. While he was in the east, he made Syria a Roman province under the control of a Roman legate. This decision, seemingly to protect Syria from being taken over again by pirates and warring rival kings, effectively laid the groundwork for the great Roman expansion called the pax Romana, which Augustus would establish over the eastern empire.

96) to Trajan, Pliny called Christianity a depraved and excessive superstition (superstitio prava et immodica) and described the Christian practices of worship and communion. He was unsure of whether he should punish those denounced to him as Christians, or how; whether he should allow them to recant; or whether they were genuinely conspiratorial and therefore subverting the interests of the state. For Trajan, as for his successor Hadrian, Christianity was no crime as long as Christians participated in the worship of the state gods.

E. E. E. respectively, but no one of his heirs achieved the broad territorial expansion and power of Herod the Great. E. E. ). ), Jesus was charged with treason for calling himself the King of the Jews. Although Jews could try and convict criminals, they did not have the right to condemn anyone to death. If a crime carried the death penalty, it had to be brought before the Roman tribunal. Thus, it was ultimately Pontius Pilate rather than the Sanhedrin or the tetrarch Herod Antipas who condemned Jesus to death.

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