The Urban World and the First Christians

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Steve Walton, Paul Trebilco, David W. J. Gill
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , September
     368 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Ben Sheppard forthcoming.


In the tradition of The First Urban Christians by Wayne Meeks, this book explores the relationship between the earliest Christians and the city environment. Experts in classics, early Christianity, and human geography analyze the growth, development, and self-understanding of the early Christian movement in urban settings.

The book's contributors first look at how the urban physical, cultural, and social environments of the ancient Mediterranean basin affected the ways in which early Christianity progressed. They then turn to how the earliest Christians thought and theologized in their engagement with cities. With a rich variety of expertise and scholarship, The Urban World and the First Christians is an important contribution to the understanding of early Christianity.


Piotr Ashwin- Siejkowski
Ian Paul

Cédric Brélaz
Volker Rabens

Paul Cloke
Anders Runesson

David W. J. Gill
Matthew Sleeman

David G. Horrell
Joan Taylor

Chris Keith
Paul R. Trebilco

Anthony Le Donne
Steve Walton

Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer
Wei Hsien Wan

Helen Morris

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steve Walton is professor in New Testament at St. Mary's University, Twickenham.

Paul R. Trebilco is professor of New Testament studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

David W. J. Gill is professor of archaeological heritage and director of heritage futures at the University of Suffolk.

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