Christianizing Asia Minor: conversion, communities, and social change in the pre-Constantinian era

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Abstract

Paul McKechnie explores how Christianity grew and expanded in Roman Asia over the first three centuries of the religion. Focusing on key individuals, such as Aberkios (Avircius Marcellus) of Hierapolis, he assesses the pivotal role played by Early Christian preachers who, in imitation of Paul of Tarsus, attracted converts through charismatic preaching. By the early fourth century, they had brought many cities and rural communities to a tipping point at which they were ready to move under a 'Christian canopy' and push polytheistic Greco-Roman religion to the margins. This volume brings new clarity of our understanding of how the Christian church grew and thrived in Asia Minor, simultaneously changing Roman society and being changed by it. Combining patristic evidence with the archaeological and epigraphic record, McKechnie's study creates a strong factual and chronological framework to the study of Christianization, while bringing Church History and Roman history more closely together.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages332
ISBN (Electronic)9781108686921
ISBN (Print)9781108481465, 9781108722506
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Archaeology
Roman Religion
Preaching
Patristics
Imitation
Religion
Christian Churches
Christianization
Convert
Rural Communities
Church History
Asia
Roman History
Christianity
Asia Minor
Preacher

Keywords

  • Turkey
  • Religion
  • Church history

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Christianizing Asia Minor : conversion, communities, and social change in the pre-Constantinian era. / McKechnie, Paul.

New York : Cambridge University Press, 2019. 332 p.

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