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Conflict, Conquest, and ConversionTwo Thousand Years of Christian Missions in the Middle East$
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Reeva Spector Simon and Eleanor Tejirian

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231138659

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231138659.001.0001

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The Spread of Christianity

The Spread of Christianity

The First Thousand Years

(p.1) One The Spread of Christianity
Conflict, Conquest, and Conversion

Eleanor H. Tejirian

Reeva Spector Simon

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the spread of Christianity, starting from Jesus's recruitment of the first missionaries—the twelve disciples who followed him during his lifetime. Peter and Simon were followed by two more brothers, James and John, and then by Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James (the Less), Thaddeus (called Jude), Simon the Zealot, and finally Judas. The stories of the travels of the first eleven provide a clear idea of the lands to which the Christian message was thought to have been carried in the first century, the apostolic period. These disciples spread the Christian Gospel throughout the Roman Empire and beyond, focusing first on the Jewish communities, but with Paul's universalization of the Christian message moving outward across the Roman world.

Keywords:   Christianity, Jesus, disciples, Christian missionaries, apostolic period, Paul, Roman Empire, Jews

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