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Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire
POD; Published: 11/21/2017
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6878-7
Price: $ 31.50
275 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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When Jesus of Nazareth began proclaiming the kingdom of God early in the first century, he likely had no intention of starting a new religion, especially one that included former pagans. Yet a new religion did eventually develop—one that not only included non-Jews but was soon dominated by them. How did this happen?

Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire by Paul Duff offers an accessible and informed account of Christian origins, beginning with the teaching of Jesus and moving to the end of the first century. Duff's narrative shows how the rural Jewish movement led by Jesus developed into a largely non-Jewish phenomenon permeating urban centers of the Roman Empire.

Paying special attention to social, cultural, and religious contexts—as well as to early Christian ideas about idolatry, marriage, family, slavery, and ethnicity—Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire will help readers cultivate a deeper understanding of the identity, beliefs, and practices of early Christ-believers.
Mark D. Given
— Missouri State University
“Paul Duff draws on a rich variety of outstanding contemporary scholarship as he presents the beliefs and practices of the early Jesus followers in an engaging and reader-friendly way. His discussions of why some pagans were attracted to the rather Jewish message of ‘religious experts’ like Paul, and decided to live as ‘sojourners,’ are especially fascinating and persuasive. I can’t wait to use this book with students!”
William Loader
— Murdoch University
“This sensible and coherent account of how Christianity emerged neither loads readers with too much detail nor retreats into the pious myopia that simply rehashes the Bible. Hearing the story in its historical and social context brings it to life and makes it real. Duff has done a sterling job in mediating the best of scholarship for a wider readership in clear and readable prose.”
Review of Biblical Literature
"Paul Duff’s engaging prose and clear organization made this book a pleasure to read. . . . Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire remains an impressive undertaking, more detailed than a simple textbook-level introduction to the history of the Jesus movement, yet still accessible for those who are encountering this fascinating topic with no prior experience."