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Author Knapp, Robert C., author.

Title The dawn of Christianity : people and gods in a time of magic and miracles / Robert Knapp.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  270.1 KNA    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  270.1 K67D    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Note "First published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Profile Books Ltd."--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Ordinary people of antiquity interacted with the supernatural through a mosaic of beliefs and rituals. Exploring everyday life from 200 BCE to the end of the first century CE, Robert Knapp shows that Jews and polytheists lived with the gods in very similar ways. Traditional interactions provided stability even in times of crisis, while changing a relationship risked catastrophe for the individual, his family, and his community. However, people in both traditions did at times leave behind their long-honored rites to try something new. The Dawn of Christianity reveals why some people in Judea and then in the Roman and Greek worlds embraced a new approach to the forces and powers in their daily lives. Knapp traces the emergence of Christianity from its stirrings in the eastern Mediterranean, where Jewish monotheism coexisted with polytheism and prayer mixed with magic. In a time receptive to prophetic messages and supernatural interventions, Jesus of Nazareth convinced people to change their beliefs by showing, through miracles, his direct connection to god-like power. The miracle of the Resurrection solidified Jesus's supernatural credentials. After his death, followers continued to use miracles and magic to spread Jesus's message of reward for the righteous in this life and immortality in the next. Many Jews and polytheists strongly opposed the budding movement but despite major setbacks Christianity proved resilient and adaptable. It survived long enough to be saved by a second miracle, the conversion of Emperor Constantine. Hand in hand with empire, Christianity began its long march through history.-- Provided by publisher.
Contents The journey -- Polytheists, Jews and the supernatural -- Ordinary Jewish people -- The justice of Yahweh -- Polytheists in their world -- Paths to change -- Charismatics and messiahs -- Christianity in the Jewish and polytheistic world -- Hostility to Christianity -- Christianity's appeal: magicians, miracles and martyrs -- When prophecy fails -- Valedictory.
Subject Jesus Christ -- Miracles.
Christianity -- Origin.
Supernatural (Theology) -- History -- To 1500.
Magic -- Mediterranean Region -- History -- To 1500.
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
Jesus Christ. (OCoLC)fst00040116
Christianity -- Origin. (OCoLC)fst00859622
Judaism. (OCoLC)fst00984280
Magic. (OCoLC)fst01005468
Miracles of Jesus Christ. (OCoLC)fst01353828
Polytheism. (OCoLC)fst01070812
Supernatural (Theology) (OCoLC)fst01138963
Mediterranean Region. (OCoLC)fst01239752
Chronological Term To 1500
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780674976467 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 40027346678
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