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Who were the first Christians? : dismantling the urban thesis

Author: Thomas A Robinson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thomas Robinson argues that popular views of early Christian growth-one concentrated in urban environments-would nearly saturate every urban area of the entire Roman Empire with Christians, leaving  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas A Robinson
ISBN: 9780190620547 0190620544
OCLC Number: 972169131
Description: 1 volume ; 25 cm
Contents: AbbreviationsPreface1. Must Historians Count? 2. The "Urban" Thesis 3. Counting Romans and Christians 4. Counting the Jewish Population 5. Urban and Rural Relationships 6. Supposed Barriers to Christian Success 7. The Pre-Constantinian Evidence 8. Dismissing the Evidence of Christianity in the Countryside9. The Country Bishop 10. Conclusion AppendixesA. The Numbers according to Ramsay MacMullen B. The Numbers according to Rodney Stark BibliographyIndex
Responsibility: Thomas A. Robinson.

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