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Between the Worlds by Christoph Markschiesdescribes the area and the period within which the new religion developed, the everyday lives of Christians, the structures of the Christian community, community life and church order
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward GibbonSpanning thirteen centuries from the age of Trajan to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks, DECLINE & FALL is one of the greatest narratives in European Literature. selection and bridging commentary enables the reader to acquire a general sense of the progress and argument of the whole work and displays the full variety of Gibbon's achievement. Online available. While the rise of Christianity does not begin as the focus, it develops into Gibbon's central thesis.
The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries by W. V. Harrisshows how contemporary historical scholarship views the perennial question why a new religion succeeded in subverting the other religions of the Roman Empire in the first three centuries and in the generations immediately following the 'conversion' of the usurper Constantine in 312. Online available.
Christ's Associations by John S. KloppenborgDrawing on data about associative practices throughout the ancient world, this study offers new insight into the structure and mission of the early Christ groups. situates Christ associations within the broader historical context of the ancient Mediterranean.