By John William Charles Wand
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It was under this very unsatisfactory system that the Romans organised the conquered country as an outpost of their empire against the ever-threatening peril from Parthian invaders. The birthplace of the Church thus stood on the boundary between East and West. It is significant that this infant religion, which is sometimes called essentially Eastern, as soon as it was strong enough to leave the cradle marched straight to the West. Page 7 III The reason for this may lie partly in the fact that the way had already been prepared by the Jewish Dispersion, since the proselytising zeal of the Jews had met with more success in the Roman than in the Parthian empire.
But there is no trace of any such edict having been published, and in the absence of evidence it is difficult to believe in the existence of such a document. Consequently many scholars have held that there was no actual outlawry of Christians until much later. There is, however, one piece of evidence of a change of attitude on the part of the State at this time which needs careful consideration. The epistle known as I Peter draws a clear distinction between being punished for crimes against the laws and suffering ‘for the Name’.
At any rate Stephen argued that Judaism was not necessarily God’s final revelation. As the tabernacle had been superseded by the Temple, so the Temple might be superseded by a new universalism. Of that supersession the prophet was none other than the Jesus whom official Judaism had done to death. The result of such teaching was seen in the action of Philip, who admitted to baptism not only Samaritans but also an eunuch, representatives of two classes who were barred from participation in the full privileges of Judaism.
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