Can you recommend a source of information about the influence of Zoroastrianism on Judaism? Thanks!
So sorry not to have replied before. This is probably way too late now but just in case - you could start with N. F. Gier, Theology Bluebook, 3rd edition, 1994; and Richard Foltz, Religions of the Silk Road.
Enjoyed interview on WLRN. I have been recently interested in the disciples of Jesus that went the other way. Western Christians know about the branch via Rome. But what can you tell me about the spread to the Africa, Asia, and as far East (I hear) as India. Christianity beyond the reach of the Roman Empire. What happened when this new religion arrived I these far away place?
Well I mention in my book reports of eg the Buddhist king Gondophares being converted by St Thomas, and of St Thomas’s missionary work in India where he was allegedly murdered by Brahmins. I also mention the eunuch court official from Meroe (below Egypt) converted by Philip. The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles are worth looking at for their accounts of missionary work outside the Roman Empire.
Talked about And Man Created God with Krys Boyd, a really intelligent presenter who had actually read the book!
A Mossy Graveyard
Hi Selina. Just finished your great book. I've spent about the past four years researching around early Christianity, was fantastic to have it situated among the other religions of the period, fascinating. I'm a novelist and my new book is a faction account about Jesus and Paul and the transformation of a small sect of Judaism. While we don't agree on absolutely everything (who does about religion), there is a lot of concurrence in our views, I think you'd find it an interesting read anyway.
Hi Jonathan, I would love to see the proofs, though can’t promise anything. Tumblr isn’t letting me answer this privately, but you could always contact Frances Owen at Atlantic (my publishers).
All the best
Thank you for your well written book "And Man Created God." i would strongly recommend you also read two books that comport with your book. 1) Joseph Atwill, Caesar's Messiah (shows that Bernice - daughter of Herod, Alexander Tiberius Roman general in Jerusalem, and Josephus (a Roman propagandist) wrote the Gospels in an attempt to create a religion of peace that render under Caesar taxes to co-opt the Jewish zealots). 2) Barrie Wilson, When Jesus Became Christian.
Thanks for the suggestions
A seminal epoch explored in terms of statecraft and religion, sociology and belief.
The first century B.C. was largely dominated by imperial Rome and its regional client kings. Octavian defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra and became Augustus, master and overlord of the Roman world. In its German campaign, Rome suffered disastrous defeat. It was a time when conquest by trade was preferable to war, when mystery cults held sway, and pagan gods could be human enough to do business with mortal men. Charity was an unknown notion to the Romans, but clearly, religion held empires together. In Alexandria, still under Hellenic influence, compassionate Isis was the divinity of choice. The Arabian exporters of frankincense and unguents had their own gods, as did Palmyra. China, under Confucianism, was the world’s oldest empire. There, the crafty usurper Wang Mang displaced the Han Dynasty for a few unhappy years. Despite Roman hegemony in Jerusalem and most of the known world, though, the Jews would not or could not be assimilated. In her fine synthesis, journalist O’Grady (co-editor: A Deep but Dazzling Darkness: An Anthology of Personal Experiences of God, 2003, etc.) brings antiquity to vivid life, relying on myriad sources, including Horace, Josephus and Saul of Tarsus, Suetonius, Cicero, Plutarch, Schama and Gibbon. There are tunics, togas, coins, carvings, slaves and struggles, all vibrantly presented in an admirably accessible text. O’Grady demonstrates the universal symbiosis of state and faith before and during the formative years of Christianity, and she offers a secular gloss of the remarkable success of Pauline Christianity in a tumultuous world.
A wonderfully illuminating, prodigious tour de force of ecclesiastical anthropology.