Introduction to First Century Jewish Historian Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37–c.100)

Flavius Josephus (A.D. 37–c.100) is the author of what has become for Christianity perhaps the most significant extra-biblical writings of the first century. His works are the principal source for the history of the Jews from the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes B.C. 175–163) to the fall of Masada in A.D. 73, and therefore, are of incomparable value for determining the setting of late intertestamental and New Testament times.

EARLY CHRISTIANITY: Barnabas the Anonymous Teacher

The world is generally aware of only two people from ancient times with the name of Barnabas. First, there was the friend and traveling companion of Paul in the first century and a cousin of Mark the Gospel writer. The other was an unknown Alexandrian Jew in the times of Trajan and Hadrian of the second-century C.E. who wrote a twenty-one chapter epistle.

Clash of Culture Christianity vs Rome

First Century AD Christianity found itself at odds with the culture, which dominated the Roman Empire at the time.  Just as the Jewish Maccabees rejected the Greek culture two centuries before, so did the early Christians, who would not pay homage to other gods or to the Roman Emperor.

PREPARING FOR CHRISTIANITY: Heathenism

Heathenism is religion in its wild growth on the soil of fallen human nature, a darkening of the original consciousness of God, a deification of the rational and irrational creature, and a corresponding corruption of the moral sense, giving the sanction of religion to natural and unnatural vices.

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