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.

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“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