The first 400 years after the death of Christ saw huge changes in the emerging faith. Christianity spread from Jerusalem to much of the known world. Despite enormous pressures from within and without, including persecution, Christianity became the official religion of the empire in the fourth century.
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Jonathan Hill charts the fascinating history of this crucial period in the development of Christianity. He shows how and why certain ideas triumphed over others. He introduces the key figures, both within the faith and among its opponents. He describes the main battles, often bitterly fought with both weapons and ideas. This is the exciting account of how a new and diverse religious movement first struggled, then spread, then triumphed in the ancient world.Review:
"This book stands out for its judicious use of recent scholarship to retell the story of early Christianity, from the first century to the fifth, and to do so in a format accessible to undergraduates." --Denis Janz, Provost Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity, Loyola University, New Orleans
"A solid, well-written, and beautifully illustrated introduction to the early history of Christianity. Recommended reading for general readers wanting to learn more about how the first generations of Christians survived, thrived, and resolved conflicts among themselves and with their opponents." --Robin Margaret Jensen, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
"Hill offers a delightfully fresh telling for religious and non-religious readers alike. Balanced and engaging, experts and people new to the topic will find much of interest in these pages. Hill's clean and easy style makes the messy business of emerging Christianity a riveting read." --Kristin M. Swenson, Virginia Commonwealth University
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