The Pagan Background of Early Christianity
by W.R. Halliday
A series of ten lectures delivered on behalf of the Liverpool Board of Biblical Studies. The author’s aim in this collection is to paint a picture of the general character of pagan society and pagan thought during the early centuries of the Christian era. Includes the following lectures: introductory; administration, municipalities, guilds; communications; society and social ethics; eastern and western elements in Greco-Roman civilization; decline of rationalism; union with God and the immortality of the soul; mystery religions; Mithraism; similarity of Christian and pagan ritual.
“Sir William Reginald Halliday (26 September 1886 – 25 November 1966) was a historian and archaeologist who served as Principal of King’s College London from 1928 to 1952.[…] He was knighted in 1946.” —Wikipedia