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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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Mission in the Early Church

Mission in the Early Church

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Mission and Conversion


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This chapter explores the Christian mission in the early church. To some extent, some early Christian institutions mirrored those in contemporary Jewish society. The biggest agent of transformation for the convert was negative: withdrawal from pagan worship. Withdrawal from cult separated Christians from the surrounding society. The pressure of such separation from ordinary people led Christians to stick together to form their own alternative communities. In any case, converts were welcomed into the communities and given a status equal in theory to that of the existing members of the community.

Keywords:   converts, Christian mission, pagan worship, alternative communities

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