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The Resource Destroyer of the gods : early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world, Larry W. Hurtado

Destroyer of the gods : early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world, Larry W. Hurtado

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Destroyer of the gods : early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world
Title
Destroyer of the gods
Title remainder
early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world
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Larry W. Hurtado
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Language
eng
Summary
"Silly," "stupid," "irrational," "simple." "Wicked," "hateful," "obstinate," "anti-social." "Extravagant," "perverse." The Roman world rendered harsh judgments upon early Christianity -- including branding Christianity "new." Novelty was no Roman religious virtue. Nevertheless, as Larry W. Hurtado shows in Destroyer of the gods, Christianity thrived despite its new and distinctive features and opposition to them. Unlike nearly all other religious groups, Christianity utterly rejected the traditional gods of the Roman world. Christianity also offered a new and different kind of religious identity, one not based on ethnicity. Christianity was distinctively a "bookish" religion, with the production, copying, distribution, and reading of texts as central to its faith, even preferring a distinctive book-form, the codex. Christianity insisted that its adherents behave differently: unlike the simple ritual observances characteristic of the pagan religious environment, embracing Christian faith meant a behavioral transformation, with particular and novel ethical demands for men. Unquestionably, to the Roman world, Christianity was both new and different, and, to a good many, it threatened social and religious conventions of the day. In the rejection of the gods and in the centrality of texts, early Christianity obviously reflected commitments inherited from its Jewish origins. But these particular features were no longer identified with Jewish ethnicity and early Christianity quickly became aggressively trans-ethnica novel kind of religious movement. Its ethical teaching, too, bore some resemblance to the philosophers of the day, yet in contrast with these great teachers and their small circles of dedicated students, early Christianity laid its hard demands upon all adherents from the moment of conversion, producing a novel social project. Christianity's novelty was no badge of honor. Called atheists and suspected of political subversion, Christians earned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the gods demonstrates, in an irony of history the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed. Christianity helped destroy one world and create another
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1943-
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Hurtado, Larry W.
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maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BR165
LC item number
.H77 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Church history
  • Church history
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Destroyer of the gods : early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world, Larry W. Hurtado
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Early Christians and Christianity in the eyes of non-Christians -- A new kind of faith -- A different identity -- A bookish religion -- A new way to live -- Conclusion -- Appendix: the history of early Christianity in scholarly perspective
Control code
950202343
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 290 pages
Isbn
9781481304733
Lccn
2016006230
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)950202343
Label
Destroyer of the gods : early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman world, Larry W. Hurtado
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Early Christians and Christianity in the eyes of non-Christians -- A new kind of faith -- A different identity -- A bookish religion -- A new way to live -- Conclusion -- Appendix: the history of early Christianity in scholarly perspective
Control code
950202343
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiv, 290 pages
Isbn
9781481304733
Lccn
2016006230
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)950202343
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