The East (1): Greece and Asia Minor

Raymond Van Dam

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199271566
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Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The East (1): Greece and Asia Minor

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The apostle Paul was primarily responsible for the initial introduction of Christianity in western, central, and southern Asia Minor and in the Greek peninsula. During the mid-first century his evangelism had taken him from the first communities of Christians in Palestine and Syria as far as the northern frontier regions in the Balkans. Paul's writings were even more influential; in particular, his letters were included in the canon of the New Testament, along with the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles. As a result, while the Gospels of course highlighted Jesus's ministry in Palestine, much of the rest of the New Testament represented the concerns of early Christian communities in Asia Minor and Greece. Asia Minor in particular retained its vital importance in eastern Christianity for centuries, producing several of the major theologians of late antiquity.

Keywords: apostle Paul; Christianity; evangelism; New Testament; Gospels; Roman Empire

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Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religion in the Ancient World

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