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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…

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Bland Simmons, Michael, “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 19 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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