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Who Rides the Beast?Prophetic Rivalry and the Rhetoric of Crisis in the Churches of the Apocalypse$
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Paul B. Duff

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138351

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019513835X.001.0001

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

Urban Christianity in Western Asia Minor

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Who Rides the Beast?

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The social world of the Roman Empire as well as the social world of first‐century Christianity and, specifically, urban Christianity are the focus of this chapter. Christians in this century spanned the social range but the majority were merchants and craftspersons, many of whom were freed persons (ex‐slaves). The communities of the Apocalypse were likely no exception. They were probably also constituted by merchants and craftsmen (including many freedpersons) who were intent on bettering themselves economically by accumulating wealth.

Keywords:   Apocalypse, craftspersons, first‐century Christianity, freed persons, merchants, Roman empire, slaves, social world, urban Christianity, wealth

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