A World Full of Gods: The Strange Triumph of Christianity (Hardback)
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Short Description for A World Full of Gods Interweaving traditional narratives with "memoirs" of time travelers and invented debates and correspondence, a brilliant popularizer of history takes a bold new look at the origins of Christianity and the fierce battles surrounding Jesus and his followers. of illustrations.
- Published: 24 July 2000
- Format: Hardback 402 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780743200103 ISBN 10: 0743200101
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Full description for A World Full of Gods
In this provocative, irresistibly entertaining book, Keith Hopkins takes readers back in time to explore the roots of Christianity in ancient Rome. Combining exacting scholarship with dazzling invention, Hopkins challenges our perceptions about religion, the historical Jesus, and the way history is written. He puts us in touch with what he calls "empathetic wonder" -- imagining what Romans, pagans, Jews, and Christians thought, felt, experienced, and believed -- by employing a series of engaging literary devices. These include a TV drama about the Dead Sea Scrolls; the first-person testimony of a pair of time-travelers to Pompeii; a meditation on Jesus' apocryphal twin brother; and an unusual letter on God, demons, and angels.