How did a religion whose first believers were a dozen day laborers in a backwater of the empire become the official religion of Rome, claiming some 30 million followers over four centuries? In a fresh look at the early days of the Church, the author of Misquoting Jesus explains how Paul of Tarsus and a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds of converts. Bart Ehrman's "humane, thoughtful and intelligent" book (NYTBR) upends the way we think about this vastly important cultural transformation—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.
"How did a small, provincial Jewish sect called Christianity convert the mighty pagan Roman Empire? Bart Ehrman answers this baffling question with the same wit, passion, and rigorous scholarship that have made him one of the most popular religion writers in the world today. [This] is a marvelous book."—Reza Aslan