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- Publisher: Crossroad Press; 1 edition (September 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 7, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LRP3EDG
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Creating Christ: How Roman Emperors Invented Christianity Kindle Edition
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Now, I will say this to the matter that I don't consider the connections to be enough yet to be absolute about this, but it really begs more research and details on Roman activities in the region. Valliant used a great deal of Roman history details, and lays out a number of stories utilizing the New Testament commentary.
As for those who might say this was all a fraudulent piece of work? Here's the thing....Greeks and Romans weren't idiots. You can examine architecture, engineering, writings, and military conquests. Both cultures were very capable of manipulation. It could very well be that the New Testament is simply a contrived thing to support the Roman quest to bring down the Jewish religion and that it got out of control. So, you might reach a stage where you realize that only the Old Testament is without manipulation. What does that say? Most of what I've read of the Romans in this age or period.....states the obvious when they got to Judah.....that these were not regular people to fight against and their religion was going to be a massive problem to counter.
I will recommend the book, but it does relate heavily upon Roman history and you might want a introduction to it prior to taking up this book. I also think the topic needs more research....particularly over the Greek involvement in this.
The authors are brilliant scholars and present the results of their 30 years of research in plain, easily graspable yet engaging, detective-type manner without requiring too much background knowledge on Christianity.
I find the thesis conclusive and convincing, and can see that it was derived from an fresh, logical, study of the cultural & political context and artifacts of that time.
Everyone seeking to understand the nature of religion today MUST READ this book whether or not they end up agreeing with the thesis presented.
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