The growth of Christian congregations, 1st-4th cents. AD
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I. Mission

From its very earliest beginnings, Christianity was a missionary religion, in accordance with the ‘Great Commission’ of the New Testament (Mt 28: 18–20; Mk 16: 15f.; Jo 20: 21). Paul already planned to expand his missionary activities to Spain (Rom 11,25f.). In the mid 40s, the so-called Convention of the Apostles took place at Jerusalem, and from it came important st…

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Olshausen, E., “The growth of Christian congregations, 1st-4th cents. AD”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 3 : Historical Atlas of the Ancient World, Edited by: Anne-Maria Wittke, Eckart Olshausen, Richard Szydlak, in collaboration with: Vera Sauer and other specialists. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20091241

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