Answered By: Josh Waltman
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2020     Views: 7266

Pax Romana (Roman Peace) is the term given to the long period of peace experienced by the Roman Empire during the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. The results of this peace (stable government, better communications systems, safer and easier travel, etc.) made it easier for the spread of the gospel.

There are a number of books on this topic that can found by typing in Pax Romana into the Summon search on the library's main page. However, if you need online resources, here are three possible options:

  • There is an article in "Kerux: The Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary" which has been made available online here.
  • Another scholarly journal article that discusses the results of the Pax Romana on the spread of the Gospel is found here.
  • Our database entitled Daily Life Through History has a great article that looks specifically at the Pax Romana and the spread of Christianity. Here are the instructions for finding it:
  1. Go to the library’s main page.
  2. In the top middle-right there is a heading that says Collections. Hover over this heading and then select Databases underneath Electronic.
  3. On the next page, click on the D under the heading Browse by Letter, which is located to the left of the screen.
  4. Next, find the database labeled Daily Life through History. This will be near the top of the list of databases on this page. Click on it.
  5. Once inside the database, type in Pax Romana in the search bar in the top right. Search.
  6. The article that should come up is titled Growth of Christianity in Ancient Rome. Click on this article to view it. You will notice a sample citation of the article at the bottom of the page.

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