Early Church History, Life In Ancient Rome, Early Christians

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Early Church History—Life in Ancient Rome & The Early Christians


Welcome To Early Church History

If you’re interested in and searching for information about early church history, you’ve landed in the right place. All the articles, videos and images here are intended to inform, fascinate and broaden your understanding of how the the small band of early Christians lived, were persecuted, willingly sacrificed their lives as Christian martyrs and ultimately triumphed over the juggernaut of life in ancient Rome. Peruse the article titles under the topic headings and select one that gets your attention. Each article is written to provide the most information in the shortest space. Ancient Rome’s battle against the early Christians was an amazing time in history—one which shaped and in many ways resembles our lives today.

Who Were The Early Christians?

No one can better describe the early Christians than Mathetes who was a 2nd century Christian. In this letter to his friend Diognetus, he explains who the Christians were and how they lived and worshipped. “For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe. For they neither inhabit cities of their own, nor employ a peculiar form of speech, nor lead a life which is marked out by any singularity—But inhabiting Greek as well as barbarian cities, according as the lot of each of them has determined, and following the customs of the natives in respect to clothing, food, and the rest of their ordinary conduct….They marry, as do all others; they beget children; but they do not destroy their offspring. They have a common table, but not a common bed. They are in the flesh, but they do not live after the flesh.” Epistle to Diognetus, 5  CLICK HERE to read entire epistle

Life In Ancient Rome

How did the early Christians live their day to day lives and who were these first believers? If you met them today, how would they differ from you? This blog hopes to give the readers answers to these questions about Early Church History by giving them a multi-media immersion into the Greco-Roman culture of their day and what life in ancient Rome was like. As Diognetus says, the Christians used the same language and looked just like the people around them. They dressed like the people around them. They ate like the people around them. They were, in essence, indistinguishable from the people around them in the markets, on the streets and in their daily routines. But in their minds and hearts, the early Christians were different. They believed a Jewish man by the name of Jesus had risen from the dead and was the Savior for their sins. They talked to others about their inner beliefs and that innocent act got them killed. Why?—Sandra Sweeny Silver

CLICK HERE to read about the Roman’s daily paper, the Acta Diurna.


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The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge consists of 16 boys from ages 9-13 who are students at King’s College School and 14 male undergraduates from King’s College. The organ is usually played by undergraduates from King’s College. This video has had over 2 million views.


Phil Driscoll plays and sings “I Exalt Thee”


The Sanctus (Latin: Sanctus, “Holy”) is a hymn from Chalcedonian Christian liturgy. It may also be called the epinikios hymnos (Greek: ἐπινίκιος ὕμνος, “Hymn of Victory”) when referring to the Greek rendition.

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      Icon of Christ As Pantocrator

 “Christ Pantocrator” is one of the earliest surviving icons of Jesus Christ. It dates from the early 500s (6th century AD) and is housed in the church at St. Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt. The Greek word pantocrator means “ruler of all.” The icon is painted with colored beeswax applied with spatula (encaustic technique) onto a wooden panel and measures 33 inches by 18 inches. In the icon image, Christ is robed in a purple tunic, a color which signifies royalty. He is holding a copy of the Gospels in his left hand while his right hand is raised in blessing. The icon depicts Jesus Christ as both Ruler of all, thus our Judge, and as Savior of the world who brings us the Gospel, the good news of salvation and life-giving Word of God. The face painted on the icon was most likely copied from the Image of Edessa (also called the Myron or Holy Mandylion), a rectangular piece of cloth with an image of the face of Christ on it, kept in the Greek city of Odessa in the 4th century, but has subsequently been lost. It was believed to be the rectangular piece of cloth that covered the face of Jesus for his burial. The facial image on the Shroud of Turin, which is believed to be the full burial shroud of Jesus, also matches the image of the face of Christ in the icon.Excerpt from Christ Ruler of All By Don Schwager 

CLICK HERE to read Christ as Pantocrator article


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Slaves Were “Lifeless Tools” in Ancient Rome

All Christians Are Slaves

The Exotic Animal Business in Ancient Rome


Christian missionaries have taught people in Papua, New Guinea who had many gods before their conversion to recite the Hebrew Shema announcing only ONE GOD. Watch the video below. 








1. There were only 8 people in Noah’s Ark. T/F

2. Jonah was in the belly of the “whale” 4 days. T/F

3. The meaning in Hebrew of the word “day” always means a 24 hour period of time. T/F

4. All the names for our week days come from Roman and Norse/Anglo-Saxon gods. T/F

5. Jesus sent out 70 Disciples to preach His Good News.



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