The Crosses of Pompeii: Jesus-Devotion in a Vesuvian Town

December 1, 2020
The Crosses of Pompeii: Jesus-Devotion in a Vesuvian Town

Through a twist of fate, the eruption that destroyed Pompeii in79 CE also preserved a wealth of evidence about the town, buriedfor centuries in volcanic ash. Since the town's excavations in theeighteenth century, archaeologists have disputed the evidence thatmight attest the presence of Christians in Pompeii before theeruption.Now, Bruce W. Longenecker reviews that evidence, in comparisonwith other possible evidence of first-century Christian presenceelsewhere, and reaches the conclusion that there were indeedChristians living in the doomed town. Illustrated with maps,charts, photographs, and line drawings depicting artifacts from thetown, The Crosses of Pompeii presents an elegant case for theirpresence. Longenecker's arguments require dramatic changes to ourunderstanding of the early history of Christianity.