A Case for Christ and the New Testament: Who was involved in the establishment of the “Christian Church” and what was going on at the time?
by Teri Dugan
Last week we looked at the beginnings of the Christian Church, formed in the first century A.D., following Jesus’ giving of the “Great Commission.” The book of Acts is the historical narrative of these first followers through eyewitness accounts of the events recorded by the author, Luke. There are other ancient records that support Luke’s narrative and archeology continues to uncover artifacts that confirm these accounts as well, and this is why Luke is considered by scholars to be one of the greatest historians ever.
Who were these early followers and what else was going on at the time?
The modern world in the first century was under the control of the Roman Empire. Roman Emperors, known as “Caesars,” became increasingly hostile towards Christianity because it was seen as a threat to their authority and growing worship of these Caesars as gods. The following is an overview of the political leadership as the first Christians began to gather in synagogues, eventually moving into underground homes as persecution increased…