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Humanities 04.25.08 - Humanities 04.25.08 4C: Persecution...

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Humanities 04.25.08 4C: Persecution and Self-definition 1. Time line form Paul to Augustine a. 50 s - Letters of Paul b. 64 - Nero (Emperor killed many Christians at Rome), persecution c. C.70-100 - (Matthew (80) Luke (90) John (90) Book of Revelations (90)) rest of NT composed d. 112 - Letters between Pliny and Trajan (readings in class) e. 250-251 - Persecution under Decius f. 257-60 - Persecution under Valerian g. 303-313 - Persecution under Diocletian and others h. 313 - EDICT OF MILAN legalizes Christianity (important! should know) (the emperor who did it is Constantine) i. 325 - Council of Nicea - Jesus both Man and God j. 382 - Synod of Rome decides 27 books of NT k. 354-430 - Augustine 2. The Christians as the Romans saw them a. Superstition, persecution, legalization 3. Setting the NT canon a. Orthodoxy b. Apostolicity c. Consensus 4. STORY TIME! - Paper prompt available later today - New due date - Friday, 5/9 There are moments when emperors decide to clamp down on Christians The Christians as the Romans saw them o They are moving away from their Jewish identities o The Roman attitude toward Christianity is complex
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o Christianity was a non-Jewish but as a new religion o Judaism is protected under the Rome law o Jews don’t have to offer sacrifices under the Rome religion or emperor o An issue is people, who are Gentiles, begin to enter into the Jesus movement --> change the perception of the movement o How Christianity comes to perceive as something new instead of a branch of Judaism Regard as a cult (when talking about a new form of religion) or superstition o The Roman attitude toward non-Romans was one of tolerant as long as they don’t break the laws and sacrifice yearly They strongly believe in offering sacrifices because: 1. favor by the gods 2. make sure everything goes smoothly for Rome 3. helping the good of the community Romans are polytheists o Roman officials begin killing Christian for not sacrificing
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2008 for the course HUMANITIES 622723 taught by Professor Caciola,nancya during the Spring '07 term at UCSD.

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