The Dawn of Christianity Hardback

People and Gods in an Age of Miracles and Magic

by Robert Knapp;

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The Dawn of Christianity

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Exploring the origins of Christianity, this book looks at why it was that people first in Judea and then in the Roman and Greek Mediterrean world became susceptible to the new religion. Robert Knapp looks for answers in a wide-ranging exploration of religion and everyday life from 200 BC to the end of the first century. Survival and upholding the honour and wellbeing of family, ancestors and offspring were the chief pre-occupations of Jews and polytheists and in both cases, the author shows, people turned first to supernatural powers. According to need, season and place polytheists consulted and placated vast constellations of gods, while the Jews worshipped and contended with one almighty and jealous deity. Professor Knapp considers why any Jew or polytheist would voluntarily dispense with a well-tried way of dealing with the supernatural and trade it in for a new model. What was it, he asks, about the new religion that led people to change beliefs they had held for millennia and which in turn, within four centuries of the birth of its messiah, led it to transform the western world. His conclusions are as convincing as they are sometimes surprising.

The Dawn of Christianity by Robert Knapp was published by Profile Books Ltd in January 2017. The ISBN for The Dawn of Christianity is 9781781252079.

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Details for The Dawn of Christianity

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherProfile Books Ltd (January 2017)
Number of Pages320
Thickness34 mm
Height234 mm
Width153 mm
Product Code4476729
Page last updated 22nd April 2018
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