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  • ISBN 0865548951
  • ISBN13 978-0865548954
  • Language English
  • Author Graydon F. Snyder
  • Publisher Mercer Univ Pr; Revised edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Pages 311
  • Formats lrf docx lrf txt
  • Category History
  • Subcategory World
  • Size ePub 1506 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
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Early Christianity emerged from obscurity to dominate the Roman world: that story, told and retold, continues to fascinate historians and believers. From literary remains scholars have fashioned a reasonably coherent portrait of Christian leaders and their teachings, their controversies, and their struggles with the imperial power. But the religion of ordinary Christians is not so well or easily known; they have left us no literary record of their faith and their hope, their marrying and their dying, their worship and their common life. Scholars relying on literary evidence have little to say of daily life in the Christian church before the "peace" of Constantine halted the persecution of Christianity in the empire. "It is only in nonliterary data," Graydon Snyder writes, "that one can catch a glimpse of what actually happened." Before the publication of "Ante Pacem there was no introduction or source-book for early Christian archaeology available in English. With his book Professor Snyder has performed an incalculable service for students of early Christianity and the world of late antiquity. He analyzes in one lavishly illustrated volume every piece of evidence that can, with some degree of assurance, be dated before the triumph of the emperor Constantine at the Milvian Bridge in 312CE thrust the nascent Christian culture "into a universal role as the formal religious expression of the Roman Empire." Previous assessments have interpreted early Christian artifacts using the literature of the "church fathers" as a template. The method of the so-called "Roman school" presupposed a continuity of Christianity from its beginning through the later church, so its proponents attempted toharmonize the nonliterary evidence with late tradition. However, the early church artifacts that first appeared about 180 were derived from the culture of the empire. From then until about 313CE, "the early Christian Church gave to the Mediterranean world a religious alternative of considerable depth that was expressed in activities and symbols that were readily understood by that culture," according to Professor Snyder.

Scholars relying on literary evidence have little to say of daily life in the Christian church before the "peace" of Constantine halted the persecution of Christianity in the empire.

Scholars relying on literary evidence have little to say of daily life in the Christian church before the "peace" of Constantine halted the persecution of Christianity in the empire. It is only in nonliterary data," Graydon Snyder writes, "that one can catch a glimpse of what actually happened.

Ante Pacem: Archaeologica. has been added to your Cart. 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".

In this book Graydon Snyder claims to present evidence of "Christian Church life before Constantine". The central figure, a female "Mother Goddess", has not been understood in the confused haste to seek "Christian motifs" amidst "Panhellenic motifs".

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Items related to Ante Pacem: Archaeological Evidence of Church Life. GRAYDON F. SNYDER, now retired, was dean and professor of New Testament at Bethany Theological Seminary and Chicago Theological Seminary

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Purebinder
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".
Kegal
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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This is an excellent resource. I am an experienced scholar, and I will be keeping this book in my personal library. I loved it.