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Mission and ConversionProselytizing in the Religious History of the Roman Empire$
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Martin Goodman

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263876

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263876.001.0001

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The Significance of Proselytizing

The Significance of Proselytizing

(p.1) 1 The Significance of Proselytizing
Mission and Conversion


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Two metaphors predominate in scholarly analyses of the religious history of late antiquity. One is the race to win souls in the first three centuries of the Christian era. The other image is that of the market place. The book aims to examine and challenge such assumptions that all or most religions in the Roman empire were, in this sense, missionary. The study is confined to the relatively small area of the Mediterranean world and the Near East, and to the 800 years or so between the conquests of Alexander the Great of Macedon and the establishment of Christianity as the predominant religion of the Roman empire. In trying to establish a history of religious concepts, it attempts to trace in the sources the fundamental notion of a mission to convert others.

Keywords:   Roman empire, mission, Christianity, missionaries, religion

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