The First urban churches 1

methodological foundations

James R. Harrison (Editor), L. L. Welborn (Editor)

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This collection of essays launches a multivolume examination of the urban context of early Christian churches in the first-century Roman world. Building upon the methodological foundation laid here, future volumes will explore the urban context of churches in Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, and Jerusalem, among others, in order to clarify the challenged, threats, and opportunities that urban living provided for early Christians. Essays in this foundational volume focus on the ancient urban evidence of inscriptions, papyri, archaeological remains, coins, and iconography and discuss what constitutes responsible use of these differing types of evidence in reconstructing the past and establishing a nuanced and informed portrait of urban life in antiquity. Readers thus gain a more informed and nuanced understanding of how scholars assemble an accurate picture of the cities in which the first Christians flourished. The contributors include Bradley J. Bitner, Alan Cadwallader, Malcolm Choat, James R. Harrison, Brigitte Kahl, Julien M. Ogereau, Paul Trebilco, and L. L. Welborn.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAtlanta, USA
PublisherSBL Press
Number of pages360
ISBN (Print)9781628371031
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameWritings from the Greco-Roman world supplement series
PublisherSBL Press

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