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The Fullness of Time (Part 8)

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The History of Christianity #10 

Our Scripture verse today is Romans 15:4 which reads: "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." 

Our quote today is from Clement of Alexandria. He said, "Therefore let us repent and pass from ignorance to knowledge, from foolishness to wisdom, from licentiousness to self-control, from injustice to righteousness, from godlessness to God." 

Today, we are discussing "The Fullness of Time" (Part 8) from Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1). 

The Greco-Roman World

The Roman Empire had brought to the Mediterranan basin an unprecedented political unity. Although each region kept some of its ancient laws and customs, the general policy of the empire was to encourage as much uniformity as possible without doing unnecessary violence to the uses of each area. In this they followed the example of Alexander. Both Alexander and the Roman Empire succeeded to a remarkable degree, and therefore Roman law and Hellenistic culture comprised the context in which the early church took shape. 

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