Tag Archives: Early Christianity

How Many of Your Favorite New Testament Books Were Popular Among the Early Christians?

Jimmy Akin: Obviously, taken as a whole, the books of the New Testament were quite popular. They were Scripture, after all! But how popular were they individually? People today have favorite books in the Bible–ones they go to all the time, … Continue reading

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The Apostle to the Gentiles

 

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Sealed Under Turkish Mud, a Well-Preserved Byzantine Chapel

A fantastic find as reported today in New York Times: DEMRE, Turkey — In the fourth century A.D., a bishop named Nicholas transformed the city of Myra, on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Turkey, into a Christian capital. … Continue reading

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Ancient Rome & the Bible

The Bible records a number of ancient civilizations. Perhaps the most famous of these is ancient Rome. By the time of the New Testament, Rome was the major world power, and it was in control of the Holy Land during … Continue reading

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Fourth Century Christianity in Carinthia

Bread and Circuses: Exciting news in the Austrian press about what is likely to be the oldest traces of Christianity in Carinthia, in Virunum. A church dating to the 350s was found a couple of years ago, but further excavation … Continue reading

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Excavating Early Scottish Christianity

Excavations on the Scottish island Eigg have uncovered a seventh century C.E. structure thought to be the monastery founded by St. Donnan, one of the first missionaries in Scotland. Also known as Donnan of Eigg, the priest traveled through northwest … Continue reading

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‘He Descended into Hell. . .': Did Jesus Really Go To Hell?

In a Special Holy Saturday Podcast and Post over at The Sacred Page. On Holy Saturday we meditate on one of the most obscure lines in the Apostles’ Creed: “he descended into hell.” What does this part of the Creed refer … Continue reading

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The Earliest Christian Graffito?

Writes  Prof Larry Hurtado: In my previous posting I briefly described Roger Bagnall’s new book, Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East, and I mentioned his lead chapter on a body of graffiti from ancient Smyrna. Among the items he discusses in … Continue reading

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Belief in the Resurrection in Ancient Context

Dr Christopher Rollston: BELIEF IN THE RESURRECTION IN ANCIENT CONTEXT: LATE SECOND TEMPLE JUDAISM, EARLY POST-BIBLICAL JUDAISM, AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY There is often a great deal of misunderstanding about this subject generally.  That is, people who do not work in … Continue reading

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A History of the Roman Empire in 75 Seconds

Here is a visual survey of ancient Rome from the original city-state republic in 510 BC all the way through to AD 1453. HT  

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