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

Knapp, Robert C., (author.).

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Peabody PL - Columbia City NON-FICTION 270.1 KNAPP (Text) 30403002260354 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780674976467
  • ISBN: 0674976460
  • Physical Description: xvi, 303 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Harvard University Press edition.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.

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General Note: "First published in the United Kingdom in 2017 by Profile Books Ltd."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Subject: Jesus Christ > Miracles
Christianity > Origin
Supernatural (Theology) > History > To 1500.
Magic > Mediterranean Region > History > To 1500.

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