The Omphalos and the Cross: Pagans and Christians in Search of a Divine Center
Mercer University Press, 2003 - 513 pages
"The Omphalos and the Cross offers a fresh look at the cultural environment of early Christianity. Interdisciplinary in nature, this work establishes a background for Christianity that not only reaches back to the Old Testament but also to the lengthy development of Greco-Roman religious and philosophical traditions that determined part of the path the early church had to follow to stay alive and prosper."--BOOK JACKET.
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Stephen and His Contributions to the Early Church
The Rise of Paul to Supremacy in Christianity
The Early Church and Greek Philosophy
Celsuss platonistic Logic
Christianity and Neoplatonic Philosophy
Christians and Pagans in Their Roman Environment
Divine and Human Law in Delphic Perspective
Oracular Religion and Chaldaean Oracles
Apollonian Oracles in Christian Perspective
The Decline of the Oracle
The Sibyl and Sybyline Oracles
The Pythia the Sibyl and the Sibyllini Libri
The Sibylline Books in Roman History
Sibylline Oracles in Jewish Religion
Sibylline Oracles in Early Christianity
The Rise of Christianity
The Old and the New in John the Baptist
The Coming of the Messiah
The Teaching of Jesus
The Miracles of the Kingdom
Brief Estimate of Roman Religion
Christian Faith in Search of a Home in the Roman Empire
Christian Refutations of Paganism
The Age of Constantine
The Age of Julian
The Age of Theodosius
From Persecution to Religious Freedom
Christians and the Calamities of the Empire
From Verbal Assault to Physical violence
The Kingdom within the Empire
The Quest for Tolerance and Religious freedom
Classical Culture and Christian Faith
Early Christian Perspectives on Classical Culture
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After JulianTowards a Universalization of Culture
When the Gods Are Silent
The Christianization of Paganism and the Paganization of Christianity
Religion without Revelation
The Transfiguration of the Gods
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Page 210 - And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Page 189 - He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; for in him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things and in him all things hold together.
Page 87 - The oracles are dumb, No voice or hideous hum Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving. Apollo from his shrine Can no more divine, With hollow shriek the steep of Delphos leaving. No nightly trance or breathed spell Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell.
Page 206 - Cursed is every one -which continueth not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.
Page 205 - And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree : his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day ; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God ;) that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
Page 205 - Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us...
Page 209 - He comes to us as One unknown, without a name, as of old, by the lake-side, He came to those men who knew Him not. He speaks to us the same word:
Page 256 - The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.
Page 444 - Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them...