Why, how, and even exactly when the Roman Empire finally collapsed remains debated even today. Yet, there is no question that it was long conquered before it collapsed by a tiny sect that descended from an utterly despised religion came to conquer the world's greatest, and perhaps most mythical, empires.
Christianity, a religion who began as a small group of Jewish devotees to Jesus of Nazareth conquered Rome. In Christianity Jonathan Hill masterfully recounts this epic struggle through recounting how Christianity itself was shaped by Rome, through persecutions, politics, and social structures, while also documenting the changes occurring in Roman society that paved the way for Christianity to become a living international religion within Roman rule.
Lucidly written, eminently accessible, highly informative, and adorned by breathtaking imagery without being ostentatious, Hill's Christianity is a feast for the mind and the senses. Christianity is a perfect textbook for all readers interested in the relationship between early Christianity and its Roman context, and anyone who believes imagery to be an intricate part of history.
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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.
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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