The Dawn Of Christianity
The Dawn Of Christianity by Robert J. Hutchinson promises to be a comprehensive look at the beginning of Christianity, using the most recent studies, archaeological finds, and scientific discoveries. The back cover says:
"Drawing upon the most recent discoveries and scholarship in archaeology and the first-century Near East, The Dawn of Christianity reveals how a beleaguered group of followers of a crucified rabbi became the founders of a world-changing faith.
How did Christianity truly come to be? Where did this worldwide faith come from? The Dawn of Christianity tells the story of how the first followers of Jesus survived the terror and despair of witnessing the one they knew to be the messiah—God’s agent for the salvation of the world—suddenly arrested, tried, and executed. Soon after Jesus’ death, his relatives and closest followers began hearing reports that Jesus was alive again—reports that even his most loyal disciples at first refused to believe.
Using the most recent studies by top Christian and secular scholars, Robert Hutchinson, known for his popular books on Christianity and Biblical Studies, reconstructs all of the known accounts of these early resurrection appearances and follows the witnesses to the resurrection as they experience brutal persecution at the hands of zealots such as Saul of Tarsus and then become committed evangelists to the major population centers in Antioch, Damascus, Rome, and Athens—and ultimately across the world. A riveting thriller of the most improbable history-changing movement imaginable, The Dawn of Christianity brings to life the compelling story of the birth of Christianity."
I was very excited to read this book because I'm very interested in the history of Christianity and learning more about my faith - not only to bolster and strengthen my own faith, but also to answer questions from others and share my faith, and rebut the common arguments against Christianity and the historical accuracy of Jesus, his followers, and life in Bible times. The Dawn Of Christianity was such a fulfilling and fascinating look at the roots and origins of Christianity. It's one of the most, if not the most thorough book I've ever read about this subject. I loved the maps and other resources included as well. Not only is this book informative, it's accessible and more than that, incredibly interesting and so readable. I highly recommend this book to every Christian.
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