Backgrounds of Early Christianity by Everett Ferguson

By Everett Ferguson

Lengthy serving as a regular creation to the realm of the early church, Backgrounds of Early Christianity is now on hand in an multiplied, updated 3rd version. that includes ninety five pictures of the traditional international, this publication explores--now in even larger intensity -- the Roman, Greek, and Jewish political, social, spiritual, and philosophical backgrounds beneficial for a great historic knowing of the hot testomony and the early church. New to this version are large revisions of Everett Ferguson's unique fabric, an up-to-date bibliography, and clean discussions of social existence within the first-century, of Gnosticism, and of the useless Sea Scrolls and different Jewish literature.
This ebook is a superb advent to the historic, cultural, social, monetary, and political backgrounds of the days prior to, in the course of, and after the beginnings of Christianity, i.e., from 330 B.C. to A.D. 330, from Alexander the nice to Constantine. It beautifully enhances the research of the hot testomony. It has helped me try to make thoughts within the Gospels concrete which, in the beginning, looked to be abstact.

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Rome had been an imperial republic for some time; now only the empire remained. It was for Octavian to establish a new constitution. Bibliography Jones, A. H. , ed. A History of Rome Through the Fifth Century. 2 vols. New York, 19 68 ,1970. McDonald, A. H. Republican Rome. London, 1966. Errington, R. M. The Dawn of Empire: Rome's Rise to World Power. London, 1971. , and H. H. Scullard. A History of Rome down to the Age of Constantine. 3d ed. London, 1975. Grant, Michael. History of Rome. London, 1978.

They were somewhat like the later Roman colonies in being founded for strategic and economic purposes, especially to provide a manpower pool. Alexander determined the temples to be built and the Greek deities to be worshiped along with the native deity. Alexander had a passion for Homer. The invasion of Asia Minor was recounted as another Trojan War, and the first thing Alexander did at Troy was to pay an act of homage to Achilles, who was initially his heroic prototype. Later, Heracles, a hero who became a god in virtue of his achievements, filled this role.

S. The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome. 2 vols. Berkeley, 1984. Lewis, N. Greeks in Ptolemaic Egypt. Oxford, 1986. Green, Peter. Alexander to Actium: The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age. Berkeley, 1990. C. Greek historian, devoted a book to the source of Roman strength. He decided that the reason for Rome's achievement was internal. Her constitutional system was a perfect balance of the monarchic 20 BACKGROUNDS OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY (consul), oligarchic (senate), and democratic (assemblies) elements.

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