Early centers of Christianity

From the 1st century to the First Council of Nicaea in 325

Early Christianity (up to the First Council of Nicaea in 325) spread from the Levant, across the Roman Empire, and beyond. Originally, this progression was closely connected to already established Jewish centers in the Holy Land and the Jewish diaspora. The first followers of Christianity were Jews or proselytes, commonly referred to as Jewish Christians and God-fearers.

The Apostolic sees claim to have been founded by one or more of the apostles of Jesus, who are said to have dispersed from Jerusalem sometime after the crucifixion of Jesus, c. 26–36, perhaps following the Great Commission. Early Christians gathered in small private homes, known as house churches, but a city's whole Christian community would also be called a church – the Greek noun ἐκκλησία (ekklesia) literally means assembly, gathering, or congregation but is translated as church in most English translations of the New Testament.

Many Early Christians were merchants and others who had practical reasons for traveling to North Africa, Asia Minor, Arabia, the Balkans and other places. Over 40 such communities were established by the year 100, many in Anatolia, also known as Asia Minor, such as the Seven churches of Asia. By the end of the first century, Christianity had already spread to Rome, Armenia, Greece and Syria, serving as foundations for the expansive spread of Christianity, eventually throughout the world.

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Christianity in the 1st century
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Christianity in the 1st century ... founded apostolic sees around the early centers of Christianity. The last apostle to die was John in c. 100. Early Jewish Christians referred to themselves...

Spread of Christianity
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Spread of Christianity ... Way" and slowly created early centers of Christianity with Gentile adherents in the predominantly Greek-speaking eastern half of the Roman Empire, and then...

Jewish Christian
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Jewish Christian ... or from both. Jewish Christianity is the foundation of Early Christianity, which later developed into Christianity. Christianity started with Jewish eschatological...

Eastern Christianity
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Eastern Christianity ... decisions of the first seven ecumenical councils. Eastern Orthodox Christianity identifies itself as the original Christian church (see early centers of Christianity)...

Christianity in the ante-Nicene period
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Christianity in the ante-Nicene period ... list of saints in the 3rd century Descriptions in antiquity of the execution cross Diversity in early Christian theology Early centers of Christianity Early...

Christianity
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Christianity ... Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. It is the world's largest religion, with about...

Circumcision controversy in early Christianity
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Circumcision controversy in early Christianity ... the extremists (Galatians 2:2–5)." It may be one of the first acts differentiating early Christianity from Judaism. There are numerous references in the...

Laodicean Church
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Laodicean Church ... in the ancient city of Laodicea (on the river Lycus, in the Roman province of Asia, and one of the early centers of Christianity). The church was established...

Church of Antioch
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Church of Antioch ... church (see Acts 11:19-26) (see Early centers of Christianity). It later became the Patriarchate of Antioch as one of the five major patriarchates – that...

Jerusalem church
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Jerusalem church ... Early centers of Christianity#Jerusalem Council of Jerusalem Cenacle Church of the Holy Sepulchre Church of Jerusalem (disambiguation) Patriarch of Jerusalem...

Baptism in early Christianity
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Christianity in Egypt
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Persecution of Christians
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Seven churches of Asia
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Dispersion of the Apostles
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Christianity in Europe
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Diversity in early Christian theology
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