A Social History of the Early Church


ISBN: 9781912552184 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9781912552184

Publication date: November 23, 2018

Format: Paperback

Extent: 176 pages

Dimensions: 216mm(length) 140mm(width)

Imprint: Lion Scholar


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In the first decades after Christ a small movement from the Middle East rapidly grew to become an empire-wide phenomenon. Soon there were established Christian communities spreading from Jerusalem to Rome, all grappling with the same issue: how to live their new-found faith?

A Social History of the Early Church seeks to answer this question by exploring what life was actually like for the first Christians. Through detailed analyses of archaeological evidence and contemporary accounts, Simon Jones addresses topics such as the role of pagan religion, people’s sources of entertainment, the nature of family life, how societies were structured and the changing role of women. This book is a fascinating survey that brings this period vividly to life for scholars at all levels of study.

Meet the author: Rev Simon Jones

Simon Jones was a financial journalist before being appointed Editor of Christianity, and is now minister of Bromley Baptist Church. He has written seven books, mainly for ivp, including Discovering the New Testament and Why Bother with Church, the latter being the inspiration behind his current field of study. He has taught on the social history of the New Testament in Sri Lanka and Prague as well as at Spring Harvest and in his own church, and published articles in this area.

Reviews for A Social History of the Early Church

"Drawing on an extensive body of research, and using plenty of archaeological and textual detail, Simon M. Jones manages to put things across in a way that is easy to understand."
Professor Peter Oakes, University of Manchester
"A readable and informative account of everyday life in the Roman empire that brings alive for today's readers the social context in which the first Christians lived out their faith."
Professor John Drane, Visiting Fellow of St John's College, Durham, Affiliate Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, California, and chaplain at the Scottish Baptist College (University of the West of Scotland).

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