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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
"It has been widely assumed that there were 6 million Christians (or 10% of the population of the Roman Empire) by around the year 300. The largely-unexamined consensus view is also that Christianity was an urban movement until the conversion of Emperor Constantine. On close examination, it appears that these two popular views would nearly saturate every urban area of the entire Roman Empire with Christians, leaving no room for Jews or pagans. In Who Were the First Christians?, Thomas Robinson shows that scenario simply does not work. But where does the solution lie? Were there many fewer Christians in the Roman world than we have thought? Was the Roman world much more urbanized? Or, is the urban thesis defective, so that the neglected countryside must now be considered in any reconstruction of early Christian growth? Further, what was the makeup of the typical Christian congregation? Was it a lower-class movement? Or was it a movement of the upwardly mobile middle-class? Arguing that more attention needs to be given to the countryside and to the considerable contingent of the marginal and the rustic within urban populations, this revisionist work argues persuasively that the urban thesis should be dismantled or profoundly revised and the growth and the complexion of the early Christian movement seen in a substantially different light."--! From publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Robinson, Thomas A.
Index
index present
LC call number
BR166
LC item number
.R635 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Church history
  • Christians
  • Cities and towns
  • Christians
  • Church history
  • Cities and towns
  • Frühchristentum
  • Stadt
  • Urchristentum
  • Verbreitung
  • Ländlicher Raum
  • Römisches Reich
Label
Who were the first Christians? : dismantling the urban thesis, Thomas A. Robinson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-281) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: must historians count? -- The "urban" thesis -- Counting Romans and Christians -- Counting the Jewish population -- Urban and rural relationships -- Supposed barriers to Christian success in the countryside -- The pre-Constantinian evidence -- Dismissing the evidence of Christianity in the countryside -- The country bishop
Control code
948339007
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 297 pages
Isbn
9780190620547
Lccn
2016010012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)948339007
Label
Who were the first Christians? : dismantling the urban thesis, Thomas A. Robinson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-281) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: must historians count? -- The "urban" thesis -- Counting Romans and Christians -- Counting the Jewish population -- Urban and rural relationships -- Supposed barriers to Christian success in the countryside -- The pre-Constantinian evidence -- Dismissing the evidence of Christianity in the countryside -- The country bishop
Control code
948339007
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 297 pages
Isbn
9780190620547
Lccn
2016010012
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)948339007

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