Flavian Religion Essay
In 69 BC, the Flavians rose to power during the Roman civil war and they reigned over the Roman Empire between 69 BC and 96 BC. The Flavian Dynasty include Vespasian (69-79 BC), and his two sons Titus (79-81 BC) and Domitian (81-96 BC). Under Domitian reign, the Romans instituted guidelines concerning worship, known today as the Flavian polices which led to extreme persecution of the early church. From issues with Flavian Policies and the Roman religious atmosphere, cultural accommodation/apostasy, ethical norms, and handling social pressure (persecution), the early church dealt with many issues as seen in the General Epistles (James; 1st and 2nd Peter; 1st, 2nd and 3rd John; and Jude).
Flavian Policies and the Roman Religious Atmosphere
During the Flavian Dynasty, the church suffered tremendous persecution as the Emperors attempt to eradicate those that practice Christian faith. The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote specifically to address the persecution of the saints and encourage them to remain in the faith. Jude spoke directly to their hearts encouraging the church to “contend for the faith” in Jude 3. Before the Flavian Dynasty, the Romans religion was not based on any central belief, but on a mixture of fragmented ceremonies, …show more content…
It is this writings that many of the Christians of the middle empire held onto as hope as Domitian, the Roman Emperor instituted guidelines concerning their persecution. Domitian’s Flavian polices led to extreme persecution of the early church. By addressing the issues with the Flavian Policies and the Roman religious atmosphere, cultural accommodation/apostasy, ethical norms, and handling social pressure (persecution), the General Epistles were the catalyst for many early Christians to remain faithful to the Church and its religious