Kingdom of Fools Paperback

The Unlikely Rise of the Early Church

by Nick Page

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In biographical style, Bible expert and author Nick Page looks back on the history of The Early Church warts and all

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Kingdom of Fools

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Nick Page turns his insightful eye towards the Early Church and asks the question: how did a ‘Kingdom of Fools’ conquer the mighty Roman Empire?

Fishermen, tax collectors and renegade Pharisees; these were the people who led the Early Church. In shunning the authority of the Temple and Rome, whilst welcoming slaves, women, the poor and the uneducated, the Roman rulers and writers mocked the first Christians. Yet Paul – who himself was a Rome citizen and ex-Pharisee – said “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.”

In the style of a biography, Nick Page lays out the historical facts and the archaeological evidence to paints a picture of what it was like to be a first century Christian under Roman occupation. Why was this new branch of the Jewish faith so hard to comprehend? How did they grow instead of wither? And how did they topple the Roman Empire?

About the Author

Nick Page is the author of over sixty books, including ‘The Bible Book’, ‘What Happened to the Ark of the Covenant’ and ‘Other Bible Mysteries’, ‘The HarperCollins Atlas of Bible History 'editor' and most recently, ‘The Wrong Messiah’.

Kingdom of Fools by Nick Page was published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2013 and is our 6523rd best seller. The ISBN for Kingdom of Fools is 9780340996263.

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Fools. Rebels. Ignorant peasants.That's how the Roman world saw the first Christians.

Led by fishermen, tax collectors and renegade Pharisees, the first Christians shunned power and welcomed the poor and uneducated. Roman commentators mocked their upside-down values, but the apostle Paul - himself a Roman citizen, and a Pharisee to boot, affirmed that 'God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise.'

Its followers were persecuted and its leaders killed, yet this ragged collection of lowly tradesmen, women, slaves - and a smattering of turncoat high-born Jews - created a movement that changed the world. How did this happen? How did the kingdom of fools conquer the mighty empire that was Rome?

In this fascinating new biography of the early church, Nick Page sets the biblical accounts alongside the latest historical and archaeological research, exploring how the early Christians lived and worshipped - and just why the Romans found this new branch of the Jewish faith so difficult to comprehend.
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“Essential reading... enlightening and informative... you will be sure to learn something new.” — Church of England Newspaper

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Details for Kingdom of Fools

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherHodder & Stoughton (May 2013)
Number of Pages400
Thickness26 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4054739
Page last updated 2nd March 2019
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