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Roman Attitudes toward the Christians: From Claudius to Hadrian
Cook, John Granger

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010 pp. xvi + 363. Ä49.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 261

Description: John Granger Cook investigates the earliest interactions between Roman authorities and Christians. The events in Claudius' time surrounding "Chrestos" and possible Jewish Christians are fascinating but obscure. The persecutions of Nero and Trajan may be crucial for interpreting certain texts of the New Testament, including the Gospel of Mark, 1 Peter, and the Apocalypse. Scholars have become increasingly skeptical of a persecution of the Christians during Domitian's rule, and the evidence is not strong. The rescript of Hadrian did little to change Trajan's policy with regard to the Christians. Although the texts provide no evidence for a general law against the Christians (probably no such law existed until the time of Decius), they do give some indication of the way magistrates characterized ("constructed") Christians: to Nero and his prefects the Christians were arsonists and harbored intense hatred of the human race; to Pliny and Trajan they were people who did not "supplicate our gods."

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Early Church Origins

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Review by Warren Carter
Published 6/2/2014
Citation: Warren Carter, review of John Granger Cook, Roman Attitudes toward the Christians: From Claudius to Hadrian, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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