The Resource Who were the first Christians? : dismantling the urban thesis, Thomas A. Robinson

Who were the first Christians? : dismantling the urban thesis, Thomas A. Robinson

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Who were the first Christians? : dismantling the urban thesis
Title
Who were the first Christians?
Title remainder
dismantling the urban thesis
Statement of responsibility
Thomas A. Robinson
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Thomas Robinson argues that popular views of early Christian growth--one concentrated in urban environments--would nearly saturate every urban area of the entire Roman Empire with Christians, leaving no room for Jews or pagans. It is a scenario that simply does not work. But where does the solution lie? Robinson argues that the urban thesis is defective, and the neglected countryside must now be considered in any reconstruction of early Christian growth
Action
ebrary
Cataloging source
UBY
Dewey number
270.1
Index
index present
LC call number
BR166
LC item number
.R635 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Who were the first Christians? : dismantling the urban thesis, Thomas A. Robinson
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Cover; Who Were the&#x; First Christians?; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Preface; 1. Introduction:&#x; Must Historians Count?; The Need for Numbers; Counting Romans, Jews, and Christians; Religion as an Aspect of Identity; The Rural Factor; 2. The "Urban" Thesis; The Current Consensus; The Problem with the Urban Thesis; Dissenting Voices; 3. Counting Romans and Christians; The Accepted Numbers; The Population of the Roman Empire; The Problem of the Christian Numbers; The Rural Christianity Factor; 4. Counting the Jewish Population; Jews in the Roman Empire; Jews in the Eastern Empire
  • Early General EvidenceSpecific Statements Regarding the Rural Situation; Asia Minor; Egypt; North Africa; Syria; Other Areas within the Empire; Beyond the Empire; Problems for the Urban Thesis; 8. Dismissing the Evidence of Christianity in the Countryside; Restricting Rural Christianity to the Late Third Century; Treating Rural Christianity as Abnormal; Treating Christianity in Rural Areas as Urban; The Pagan Countryside; The Term "Pagan"; Conclusion; 9. The Country Bishop; The Chorepiscopos; First Mention and Earliest Evidence; Chorepiscopoi and the Early Councils
  • The Case of Alexander, the "Oracle Monger"Urban and Rural Conservatism; Linguistic Barriers; Evidence for Christian Worship in the Rural Vernacular; Bilingualism; Urban Dislocation and Religious Conversion; Urban Views of Rural Inhabitants; Conclusion; 7. The Pre-&#x; Constantinian Evidence; Finding Evidence; A Great Divide:&#x; 250 c.e.; Theories of the Origins of a Rural Christianity; Imperial Crises and the Weakening of Paganism; Persecution; Imperial Toleration; Increasing Social Status of Bishops; Making Romans out of Rurals; Failed Explanations; Evidence for a Rural Church (50 c.e.-&#x; 250 c.e.)
  • The Spread and the Range of the OfficeDetermining the Origins; 10. Conclusion; The Numbers; The Rural Element; The Rustic Element; Back to the Countryside; Appendix A. The Numbers According to Ramsay MacMullen; Multiple Places of Assembly; Calculating Space; The Complexion of the Membership; The Synagogue:&#x; A&#x; Test Case; Diaspora Synagogues; Palestinian Synagogues; The Mosque:&#x; A&#x; Modern Parallel?; Appendix B. The Numbers According to Rodney Stark; Jews in the Roman Empire; The Problem of Rural Christianity; The Mormonism Parallel; Jewish Conversion to Christianity; Conclusion
  • The Urban Character of Diaspora JudaismA Rural Jewish Diaspora?; A Proposed Solution; 5. Urban and Rural Relationships; General Views; The Problem of Definition; Status; Size; Structure; Arbitrary Boundaries; Rural/&#x; Urban Contacts; Supplying the Cities with Food; Supplying the Cities with Clothing and Manufactured Goods; Supplying the Cities with People; Supplying the Cities with Religion; Soldiers, Slaves, Convicts, and Exiles; Conclusion; 6. Supposed Barriers to Christian Success in the Countryside; The Urban Character of Paul's Mission; The Conservative Nature of the Countryside
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ocn963744133
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1 online resource
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9780190620578
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rdamedia
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c
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Specific material designation
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  • (OCoLC)963744133
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