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What is a Christian priest? History of Religion

By |2017-08-23T09:57:31-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Priest blessing people who have the plague Very soon after the crucifixion of Jesus, by around 40 or 50 AD, the early Christians began to choose leaders from among themselves. The Christians called these leaders presbyters, or "elders" in Greek. That's where we get our word priest from. The congregation - the people who went to the [...]

Christianity in the 200s AD – History of religion

By |2019-04-01T21:09:41-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

An early Christian house church at Dura Europos, in Syria (200s AD) Christian persecution pauses During the forty years between 261 AD and 303 AD, the Roman government did not officially persecute the Christians. Christians before 261 AD More about Roman religion All our Ancient Rome articles The emperors were busy with the worst [...]

Tithes – medieval Church taxes

By |2017-08-04T11:55:35-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Medieval tithe barn (Germany) In the Middle Ages, the Catholic church in Europe collected a tax of its own, separate from the kings' taxes, which was called a tithe. Tithe means "one-tenth", because people were supposed to give the Church one-tenth of all the income they earned. The priests and bishops kept the tithes in tithe barns like this one. You had [...]

Christian nuns – Medieval Europe

By |2018-04-24T09:15:23-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Egyptian caves where early monks and nuns lived The first Christian nuns, like the first Christian monks, lived in Africa - they lived alone in the desert in Egypt in the 300s and 400s AD, where they could be alone to pray all day. Like the men, they probably got the idea from earlier Buddhist nuns in India (many traders went back and forth [...]