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By Richard E. Payne

ISBN-10: 0520961536

ISBN-13: 9780520961531

Christian groups flourished in the course of past due antiquity in a Zoroastrian political procedure, referred to as the Iranian Empire, that built-in culturally and geographically disparate territories from Arabia to Afghanistan into its associations and networks. while earlier reports have appeared Christians as marginal, insular, and infrequently persecuted members during this empire, Richard Payne demonstrates their integration into elite networks, adoption of Iranian political practices and imaginaries, and participation in imperial associations. the increase of Christianity in Iran relied on the Zoroastrian thought and perform of hierarchical, differentiated inclusion, in response to which Christians, Jews, and others occupied valid areas in Iranian political tradition in positions subordinate to the imperial faith. Christians, for his or her half, located themselves in a political tradition no longer in their personal making, with recourse to their very own ideological and institutional assets, starting from the writing of saints’ lives to the judicial arbitration of bishops. In putting the social heritage of East Syrian Christians on the middle of the Iranian imperial tale, A nation of blend is helping clarify the patience of a culturally varied empire throughout 4 centuries.

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This passage forms a significant contrast with what we learned earlier about the slaves and military bases. Those were systemic evils – Solomon creating an anti-kingdom – but now we learn about a different kind of failure, not a systemic one but the turning of an individual’s heart. Solomon breaks covenant with God. This goes back to the first of the Ten Commandments, the one about having no other gods. Sinai was a marriage covenant between God and the ­people, a coming together of the divine and the human.

Solomon breaks covenant with God. This goes back to the first of the Ten Commandments, the one about having no other gods. Sinai was a marriage covenant between God and the ­people, a coming together of the divine and the human. And so the first commandment was that the ­people couldn’t have other lovers. The relationship simply wouldn’t work if they were unfaithful. Solomon’s many wives and his infidelity to God are representative of the infidelity of all the ­people – they’ve turned from God.

As the Israelites continued to make the connection between their torment in Babylon and their ancestors’ anguish in Egypt, they realized that they would have to revisit what had happened at Sinai, because that’s where the heartache really began. ” God also made it clear that if they were unfaithful to their vows, if they turned from God and forgot their story and followed other gods, there would be consequences. 13 So if Sinai was a marriage of sorts, it never really made it much past the ceremony.

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