• Graeco-Roman Associations, Judean Synagogues and Early Christianity in Bithynia-Pontus

    Author(s):
    Markus Oehler (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Bithynia, Early Christianity
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Greco-Roman Associations, Synagogue
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/z41q-hg98
    Abstract:
    As has been shown in numerous studies, early Christian communities as well as synagogues of Judeans resemble Graeco-Roman associations in form and structure. Therefore, it makes sense to examine Christ groups from the first three centuries from the perspective of associations and synagogues in order to grasp the various characteristics of Christianity in this area up until the reign of Constantine. This article will begin with a brief geographical and historical overview of the regions composing the double province of Bithynia-Pontus, continue with a review of the inscriptional and literary evidence on associations (including synagogues), and finally discuss early sources for a study of Christianity, namely, the New Testament, Pliny’s letter about Christians, and inscriptions from the second and third centuries with a potentially Christian background.
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