Clement and Alexandrian Christianity

Authored by: Henny Fiskå Hägg

The Routledge Companion to Early Christian Thought

Print publication date:  December  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415442251
eBook ISBN: 9780203864517
Adobe ISBN: 9781135193430


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The Christian message spread from Jerusalem, a small but religiously important town in the Roman Empire. It was the center of Judaism, and in the early years of Christianity it also became the center for the new believers in Christ. From Jerusalem the message of Jesus as the Messiah was taken to many places of the empire, especially to the Greco-Roman cities of Asia Minor. In the New Testament book of Acts, cities like Damascus, Antioch, Sardis, Pergamum, Salamis, Corinth, Smyrna, Athens, and Rome are mentioned as places where there were Christian communities, and by the end of the first century even more are added.1

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