IT BEGAN ON THE CROSS by Guy Schofield


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If one can clear away the brambles of overwriting and reveal the basic structure and content of this book, it should serve a very vital purpose and contribute to an area of Biblical study and the history of the early Christian church of which too little is generally known. The New Testament ends with Paul captive in Rome, in A.D. 62. This is the study of the next hundred years, through the death of the last of the Apostolic Fathers, Polycarp. Tracing concurrently the progress of events in Rome, in Judea, the growth of the cult within Judaism and the gradual break away into what came to be called the Christian movement, one gets a sense of world history (for Rome was virtually the known world to its farthest reaches in Britain and Spain) backgrounding a new ethical and religious movement. The author takes the position that the assertions made by those who lived and wrote within a century when they either knew the principals of the Gospels, or some who had had personal contact with them, are reasonably close to truth. He has depended on the Apocryphal New Testament, on letters and records. And he has created an intensely interesting and dramatic story of the early Christians which throws light on the Acts and the Epistles, on Roman history, and which provides a readable and cogent argument for his interpretation of the beginnings of Christianity.

Pub Date: March 12th, 1960
Publisher: Hawthorn