The Christians as the Romans Saw Them: Second Edition / Edition 2

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This book offers an engrossing portrayal of the early years of the Christian movement from the perspective of the Romans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300098396
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 296,000
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
I Pliny: A Roman Gentleman 1
The Making of a Roman Official 2
Travels of a Provincial Governor 8
A Christian Association 15
Offerings of Wine and Incense 25
II Christianity as a Burial Society 31
Church or Political Club? 32
A Sense of Belonging 35
A Bacchic Society 41
An Obscure and Secret Association 44
III The Piety of the Persecutors 48
Roman Religion and Christian Prejudice 50
The Practice of Religion 54
"We Too Are a Religious People" 62
IV Galen: The Curiosity of a Philosopher 68
Philosophy and Medicine 69
Christianity as a Philosophical School 72
The Practice of Philosophy 77
The Arbitrary God of Christians 83
V Celsus: A Conservative Intellectual 94
Begging Priests of Cybele and Soothsayers 95
The Deficiencies of Christian Doctrine 101
Demythologizing the Story of Jesus 108
An Apostasy from Judaism 112
Religion and the Social Order 117
VI Porphyry: The Most Learned Critic of All 126
In Defense of Plato 128
The Jewish Scriptures 137
The Christian New Testament 144
Philosophy from Oracles 148
The Religion of the Emperor 156
Jesus Not a Magician 159
An Unreasoning Faith 160
VII Julian the Apostate: Jewish Law and Christian Truth 164
The Emperor's Piety 166
Greek Education and Christian Values 171
Against the Galilaeans 176
The Tribal God of Jews and Christians 184
An Apostasy from Judaism 184
Epilogue 197
Suggestions for Further Reading 207
Index 211
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