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Edict of Claudius
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Suetonius reports that Claudius expelled Jews from Rome because of regular disturbances instigated by one “Chrestus” (Suet. Cl. 25.4). Luke, writing earlier, appears to confirm that Claudius expelled Jews from Rome, although he omits the cause (Acts 18:2).

Suetonius’ brief report, though somewhat more complete than Luke’s, raises a number of q…

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Keener, Craig, “Edict of Claudius”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00001023>
First published online: 2018



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