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The Great Church (180-313)
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The Great Church (      -313)
a body of Christians living mostly in              but also in rural areas
North Africa
Asia Minor
remained a minority in a                world
languages spoke
Syriac (dialect of Middle Aramaic)
             (the latest stage of the Egyptian language, spoken in Egypt until the 17th century)
forms of worship varied enormously
some with bishops and                     
both men and            were deacons
new members of the faith were taught the essentials through                      before baptized
by the third century, Christians had grown up in the faith alongside those who had                   
forms of worship
reading of sacred texts
the                        meal
increasing associated with Christ's                    on the cross
formed the body of Christ
there was not set of interpretations
third century
a sense of            that extended beyond its graphical reach
not complete unity
a network of local churches stitched together by lines of communication and personal                           
the bishops of          was seen as the senior figure in the Church
not yet an established                   
no agreement on the            of the Bible
bishops held considerable authority
many local divisions
the line between orthodoxy and              was not clear
leaders of the church
                     of Carthage (155-240)
prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of             
had to built churches
the faith had to adapt to different cultures and                          and languages
Roman Empire at this time stretched from Britain to Dura-Europos in Mesopotamia
by early 3rd century it was in decline
Christians sporadically suffered persecution
                , died in Carthage in 203
Origin (184-253)
lost his father at this time
the Decian persecution resulted from an edict issued in        by the Emperor Decius ordering everyone in the Roman Empire to perform a sacrifice to the Roman gods and the well-being of the Emperor
it was the first time that Christians had faced legislation forcing them to choose between their religious beliefs and           
it may not have been specifically to target Christians, but more as an edict appears to have been designed more as an Empire-wide loyalty oath
lasted a year before the death of Decius
             was tortured and died
               the Bishop of Carthage
executed following the renewal of persecution in 258 under Valerian
Pope              II, bishop of Rome died during this time
most well-known period of persecution
end of the 3rd century
empire was in serious economic               
empire was divided into          sections and rulers
failed to stop the decline
persecutions were largely in the East where Christians were expected to sacrifice to the gods and to the               
churches were destroyed
property confiscated
         books handed over
Christians were                 
severity of persecution was particular in North Africa
third century
               Christians were able to live in relative peace
Christians were affected by the continuous war between the Persian Empire and Rome
Christians in Persia spoke Syriac
Persian Christians sent missionaries to both            and China
around 200
Christianity entered into what is now                       
there seems to have been a link between the churches of Syria and India
missionaries might have traveled the trade routes from Mesopotamia to India
conversion of the Kingdom of               
the first conversion of a          and a royal household
the Bible was translated into Armenian
between the years 180-313, the Christian Church experienced a period of great growth but also a period of great                       
during this time, it was not a            faith in either the Persian or the Roman Empire
but this changed in Rome and the Roman Empire within a few               
The Great Church (180-313)