In this scholarly yet accessible account, Bernard Green provides an excellent analysis of early Christianity as it grew, expanded, and became influential in the imperial capital: Rome. Literary and historical evidence is presented alongside the best of modern scholarship in five chapters succinctly entitled "origins", "Community", "Persecution", "Catacombs", and "Constantine". Christians, their inner lives, practices, and social structure, are probed within the broader contexts and social frameworks in which they walked and lived.As a whole Christianity in Rome allows the reader to appreciate at a higher level the fascinating story of how divine assistance and human endeavor blended together during an epoch that proved formative for the Christian church and, thereby, for world history.
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Great overview of Roman Christianity
Date:October 22, 2013
This is the best book I've read on the history of Christians in Rome. The only other book I know of is Peter Lampe's, "Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries", but it's way too technical.