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A Pinch of Incense A.D. 70 to 250 From the Fall of Jeruasalem to the Decian Persecution (The Christians the First Two Thousand Years, Second) Hardcover – 2002

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Christian History Project (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968987311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968987315
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 21.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #322,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most readers of this book will find themselves on foreign ground. In the first volume of this series, they had been at home. They knew the players and they knew the roles they played because the first book mostly furnished a historical background for the New Testament.

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This is an excellent book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to study Christian history and heritage. It provides a very detailed look into historic events long since forgotten and left out of high school and college history.
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Volume two of The Christians - Their First Two Thousand Years Nov. 29 2010
By PattiR - Published on
The apostle John headlines the first chapter of A Pinch of Incense, which begins in A.D. 70 with the fall of Jerusalem. The political and cultural settings of the Roman Empire and its shaping of Christianity (until A.D. 250) are expounded upon in 10 chapters, each with illuminating photos, artwork, maps and explanations. Familiar names of history emerge in a stream of those who either opposed or accepted the message overtaking the world. Domitian, Ignatius, Justin, Tertullian and Origen are only a few that fill the pages of Volume two of The Christians - Their First Two Thousand Years.
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Fantastic! June 16 2013
By John Murphy - Published on
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Where does "a pinch of incense" come from? The Romans encouraged Christians to just offer a pinch of incense to the emperor and then they wouldn't be put to death. Some did offer the incense and saved their lives, most refused. This book—along with its companion volumes—offer the best popular level introduction to Christian history I've ever read. Beautiful volumes. Well written.
Sweeping, intimate, riveting Oct. 10 2015
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A riveting church history, told with an engaging narrative style, rife with footnotes and references from original texts. This is the faithful story of the early Christians, from the age that saw the passing of the last of those who actually knew Jesus and the fall of Jerusalem, through each of the Roman emperors and their levels of acceptance or rejection of Christianity, to the emergence of early church hierarchy, establishment of Easter and Christmas traditions, and discussions that would lead to the establishment of the Scripture cannon at the Council of Nicaea.

Throughout this fascinating history, the accounts of early church martyrs is told with compassion and candor. These accounts are sometimes difficult to read and troubling, for they include such cruelty as is hard to imagine in today's world (though increasingly seen with the spread of radical Islam). However, they are part of our history as the body of Christ, and must be understood if the whole of church history is to be understood. And they have much to teach us and challenge us as believers today.

The methodical presentation of the Roman emperors -- and how they ascended to their position -- is absorbing and fascinating. The editing, combined with copious photos, commissioned artwork, maps and sidebars, make this a living history, replete with personality, tragedy, vindication, redemption, trial, sweetness and through it all, the Light of the World. The sweeping impact of Christianity is emphasized, but with such an intimate tone that the reader is drawn into the story as though reading a novel, only better. I've never had a "coffee table book" that I couldn't put down, but this is the case. I wish I'd started reading with the first in the series. However, I've wasted no time in collecting the entire series for my family. They will be a treasured collection in our library, and useful for homeschooling our children when they are old enough to understand and absorb the story.

An incredible amount of work has gone into this book, for which I as a Christian am most grateful.
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Very Interesting Book! July 6 2014
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Really Interesting. It's pretty dense and will take a while to work through.

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