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Historians agree that Judaism is the main foundation of Christianity. This is because followers of Jesus Christ, mainly Jews, were initially practicing Judaism, and in fact, a number of tenets from Judaism have been retained in Christianity. Although Judaism and Christianity had a lot in common, they became more distinct when the tension in Roman Empire escalated due to persecution of Christians (Hofman, 2014). To my mind, persecution inadvertently enhanced the spread of Christianity because a number followers of Jesus fled the Roman Empire and continued preaching the Gospel while in exile. I also agree with Moffett (2014) that a number of apostolic missions within and outside the Empire aided the fast spread of Christianity. In addition, I believe that the invention of wheel and the development of Roman roads also played a key role in facilitating movement of the apostles.
Energetic apostles like Paul could travel over 10,000 miles were instrumental in the spread the Gospel of Jesus after his death. I concede to Hofman’s (2014) assertion that part of the reason why Christianity was embraced by the poor is its message about life after the eternal life. Paul focused his missionary work on Antioch City— the present Turkey— where he nurtured and led a group of Christian community who escaped persecution from Jerusalem and other hostile cities. Historians agree that it is at Antioch where followers of Jesus were referred as Christians. It was also at this place where the Council of Jerusalem was formed following a disagreement between Paul and James. The Council agreed that gentles who converted to Christianity did not have to follow Mosaic Laws, including circumcision (Moffett, 2014). In my view, this decision also opened a window for spread of Christianity.
It is not an overreach to say that the reign of Emperor Constantine was of great significance for the growth of Christianity. In 313, Constantine assented the Edict of Milan, which put a stop to the persecution of Christians. (Hofman, 2014) The emperor even converted to Christianity and made Constantinople the symbolic capital for Christianity. He also supported the expansion of Christianity by ordering construction of churches in the Empire and made reforms to the military, administration, and the religion of the Roman Empire. In my view, Constantine’s influence helped to reduce tension and fear between the Empire and Christianity. I also attribute the consolidation between the State and the Church to his efforts.........................GET A PLAGIARISM FREE COPY