By John William Charles Wand

ISBN-10: 0415045665

ISBN-13: 9780415045667

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Jerusalem was naturally the headquarters of the new association and it was there that its struggles with official Judaism began. Trouble arose almost at once over the liberal teaching of Stephen, and it never died out so long as the city endured. Twice again during the period it came to a head. The first occasion was in the year 41, when Agrippa I, who had already acquired the territory of Philip and Antipas, succeeded also to the power of the procurator in Judea, thus reconstituting the kingdom of Herod the Great.

But we must remember that the suffering inflicted on the Christians would appear to the populace as a just punishment for a diabolical crime, and we cannot call it persecution in the technical sense. Sometime during this period the Church suffered the greatest loss it had yet sustained in the death of the apostles Peter and Paul. The horror felt by the Christian society found expression in the lurid pictures of the Johannine Apocalypse, in which can be seen a wholly changed attitude towards the Roman State and a reflexion of the fear that the dead Nero might return to earth as Antichrist.

The culture of the time was a palimpsest on which Rome herself had written little but the regard for law and order. Nevertheless this implied the political genius that had imposed a unity in diversity upon an amazing number of cities,1 and welded them into one vast Empire, all obeying the common purpose though many of their individual peculiarities of organisation were carefully preserved. But the dominant influence was that of Greece. Even the old Greece, decadent as she was, had yet spread her language everywhere and put a torment of questioning in the minds of men.

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