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Published: 05 January 2017

312 Pages


ISBN: 9780190620547

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Who Were the First Christians?

Dismantling the Urban Thesis

Thomas A. Robinson

  • Challenges the consensus view of the urban character of early Christianity
  • Demonstrates that almost every scenario in reconstructing early Christian growth is mathematically improbable and in many case impossible unless a rural dimension of the Christian movement is factored in
  • Points to the likelihood that the marginal and the rustic made up a larger part of its membership than is generally recognized

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