Chapter

Setting the Stage

Paul B. Duff

in Who Rides the Beast?

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138351
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513835X.003.0002
 Setting the Stage

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The social world of the Roman Empire as well as the social world of first‐century Christianity and, specifically, urban Christianity are the focus of this chapter. Christians in this century spanned the social range but the majority were merchants and craftspersons, many of whom were freed persons (ex‐slaves). The communities of the Apocalypse were likely no exception. They were probably also constituted by merchants and craftsmen (including many freedpersons) who were intent on bettering themselves economically by accumulating wealth.

Keywords: Apocalypse; craftspersons; first‐century Christianity; freed persons; merchants; Roman empire; slaves; social world; urban Christianity; wealth

Chapter.  6223 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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