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Philosophical Opposition to Early Christianity
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The movement initiated by Jesus of Nazareth as a local sect within Judaism in 1st-century CE Palestine burgeoned into a Mediterranean universal salvation cult made more palatable to a broader Hellenistic culture under the effective missionary endeavors of Paul of Tarsus. As the new religion grew in population, it spread from the eastern provinces to Rome, and beginning in the early 2nd…

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Simmons, Michael Bland, “Philosophical Opposition to Early Christianity”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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