Mission and Conversion: Proselytizing in the Religious History of the Roman Empire

Synopsis

This is a controversial and important new examination of the origins of Christian mission, set against the background of ancient Judaism and the pagan culture of the Roman Empire. The author's conclusions suggest that mission was not inherent to either early Judaism or Christianity, and was only sporadically practiced in antiquity by these religions. Clear, accessible, and at the same time displaying considerable scholarship, this book will provide an important challenge and a stimulus to both theologians and historians. In invites a total reconsideration of the grounds for religious conversion in both Christianity and Judaism.

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