When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome

When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity during the Last Days of Rome

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"A splendidly dramatic story… Rubenstein has turned one of the great fights of history into an engrossing story." –– Jack Miles, Boston Globe; author of God: A Biography.

The life of Jesus, and the subsequent persecution of Christians during the Roman Empire, have come to define what many of us know about early Christianity. The fervent debate, civil strife, and bloody riots as Christianity was coming into being, however, is a side of ancient history rarely described.

Richard E. Rubenstein takes the reader to the streets of fourth-century Rome, when a fateful debate over the divinity of Jesus Christ is being fought. Ruled by a Christian emperor, followers of Jesus no longer fear for the survival of their monotheistic faith. But soon they break into two camps regarding the direction of their worship: Is Jesus the son of God and therefore not the same as God? Or is Jesus precisely God on Earth and therefore equal to Him?

With thorough historical, religious, and social research, Rubenstein vividly recreates one of the most critical moments in the history of religion.

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780156013154

  • ISBN-10: 0156013150

  • Pages: 288

  • Price: $16.99

  • Publication Date: 08/10/2000

  • Carton Quantity: 60

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Richard E. Rubenstein

RICHARD E. RUBENSTEIN is professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at George Mason University and an expert on religious conflict. A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, he was a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Oxford University. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
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    "[Rubenstein] has taken one of the major religious controversies of the early Christian church, a controversy that consumed its energies for most of the fourth century, and turned it into a flesh-and-blood encounter of real people that reads like an adventure story."-The Christian Science Monitor

    "A splendidly dramatic story . . . Rubenstein has turned one of the great fights of history into an engrossing story."-Jack Miles, The Boston Globe; author of God: A Biography

Available Resources

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  • Format: Paperback

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780156013154

  • ISBN-10: 0156013150

  • Pages: 288

  • Price: $16.99

  • Publication Date: 08/10/2000

  • Carton Quantity: 60

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