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Studies in Christianity and Judaism /
Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsme :18
Studies in Christianity and Judaism / Études sur le christianisme et le
judaïsme publishes monographs on Christianity and Judaism in the last two
centuries before the common era and the first six centuries of the com-
mon era, with a special interest in studies of their interrelationship or the
cultural and social context in which they developed.
GENERAL EDITOR: Stephen G. Wilson Carleton University
EDITORIAL BOARD: Paula Fredrickson Boston University
John Gager Princeton University
Olivette Genest Université de Montréal
Paul-Hubert Poirier Université Laval
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Studies in Christianity and Judaism/
Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsme : 18
Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman
Empire and the Rise of Christianity
Leif E. Vaage, editor
Published for the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion/
Corporation Canadienne des Sciences Religieuses
by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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This book has been published with the help of a grant from the Canadian Federation for
the Humanities and Social Sciences, through the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme,
using funds provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book
Publishing Industry Development Program for our publishing activities.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Religious rivalries in the early Roman empire and the rise of christianity /
Leif E. Vaage, editor.
(Studies in Christianity and Judaism / Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsme ; 18)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Church history—Primitive and early church, ca. 30–600. 2. Christianity and other
religions—Roman. 3. Rome—Religion. I. Vaage, Leif E. II. Canadian Corporation for
Studies in Religion III. Series: Studies in Christianity and Judaism ; 18
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PART I •RIVALRIES?
1 Ancient Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success:
Christians, Jews, and Others in the Early Roman Empire
Leif E. Vaage•3
2 The Declining Polis? Religious Rivalries in Ancient Civic
Philip A. Harland•21
3 Rivalry and Defection
Stephen G. Wilson•51
4 Is the Pagan Fair Fairly Dangerous? Jewish-Pagan Relations
5 My Rival, My Fellow: Conceptual and Methodological
Prolegomena to Mapping Inter-Religious Relations in
2nd- and 3rd-Century CELevantine Society Using the
Evidence of Early Rabbinic Texts
Jack N. Lightstone•85
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PART II •MISSION?
6 “The Field God Has Assigned”: Geography and Mission in Paul
Terence L. Donaldson•109
7 The Contra Apionemin Social and Literary Context: An Invitation
to Judean Philosophy
8 On Becoming a Mithraist: New Evidence for the Propagation
of the Mysteries
PART III •RISE?
9 Rodney Stark and “The Mission to the Jews”
10 “Look How They Love One Another”: Early Christian and Pagan
Care for the Sick and Other Charity
Steven C. Muir•213
11 The Religious Market of the Roman Empire: Rodney Stark and
Christianity’s Pagan Competition
12 Why Christianity Succeeded (in) the Roman Empire
Leif E. Vaage•253
Ancient Sources Index•305
Ancient Names Index•318
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First of all, the editor wishes to thank all the contributors to this
volume for their ready cooperation and sorely tested patience over the last
few years; completion of the project has been “a long time coming,” due,
in part, to circumstances beyond my control, and I am exceedingly grate-
ful to everyone who has awaited publication as generously as you all have.
On two separate occasions, I received financial assistance from Emmanuel
College (Centre for the Study of Religion in Canada) and Victoria Univer-
sity (Senate Research Grants) to pay for student support in preparing the
manuscript, which I am eager here to acknowledge. My student assistants,
Dr. Stephen Chambers and Ms. Karen Williams, able and professional in the
performance of their various assignments, are both unrivalled in their cor-
diality and decency. Finally, I wish to thank Prof. Peter Richardson for his
sustained commitment to the project and Prof. Stephen Wilson for his final
“maieutic” nudging. In all these instances, the rivalries to which the vol-
ume as a whole is dedicated have been graciously absent.
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