Vearncombe, Scott, and Taussig: Rome vs. Early Jesus Movements

Erin Vearncombe, Brandon Scott, and Hal Taussig, After Jesus, Before Christianity: A Historical Exploration of the First Two Centuries of Jesus Movements (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2021), 35:

Although Roman violence was a primary concern for the early Jesus movements, Roman rulers did not focus on those movements. Violence was part of a larger Roman strategy that aimed to coerce conquered nations to think of themselves as half-human barbarians. Jesus communities were seldom on Rome’s radar during the first two hundred years CE; the empire thought of Jesus groups as a subset of conquered Israel.

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