Early Church History

First Era of Peace

218

First Era of Peace Begins

The next two emperors, Elagabalus (218-222) and Alexander Severus (222-235), pursued a syncretistic policy similar to that of Septimius Severus. But they did not attempt to force Jews and Christians to accept syncretism, or to stop seeking converts. It is said Alexander Severus had on his private altar, jointly with his various gods, images of Christ and Abraham. His mother, Julia Mammea, went to hear Origen lecture in Alexandria.

This content is cited under the fair use doctrine (Copyright Act of 1976 as 17 U.S.C. ยง 107). It uses material from Justo L. Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, Vol. 1., New York: Harper Collins (1984).

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