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Ante Pacem: Archaeological Evidence of Church Life Before Constantine Hardcover – November 27, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0865548954 ISBN-10: 0865548951 Edition: Revised

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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press; Revised edition (November 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865548951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865548954
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanislav Selitskiy on December 21, 2012
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An excellent overview of the non-literary data of the pre-Constantinian Christianity. What the archeological data tell us about early Christianity is strikingly different from the picture painted by Christian Apologists of the second-third centuries. On top of the virtual non-existence of the Christian artifacts until the end of the second century, the later Christian pre-Constantinian art never depict Jesus as a suffering, self-giving figure, but a powerful young magician; the language of personal and business letters of Christians have nothing in common with the language of Testaments; cemetery artifacts and graffiti show absence of any advanced concepts of resurrection beyond the usual Mediterranean cult of the significant dead; relationship of the early Church and the State displays virtual lack of interest of the latter to the former.

All this requires explanation, and Professor Snyder discussing the topic gives a rich bibliography of the research on the matter. After all, the conclusion follows: "The Christian conflict with the State has been overemphasized by later generations. There were persecutions, but the picture of early Christians cowering in the Colosseum or hiding in the catacombs better represents later martyrologies than it does any known archeological data".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PastorJJJ on August 23, 2011
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Grady has provided a honest, realistic review of early Christianity. While I greatly respect the Roman Catholic tradition - this book gives you an obective view of what "New Testament" Christianity.
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