HISTORICAL GENESIS OF THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CHRISTIANITY - EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN MACEDONIA, WITH A SPECIAL REVIEW OF THE 6TH CENTURY

Suzana KOTOVCHEVSKA

Abstract


The study “Historical genesis of the beginnings of Christianity – Early
Christianity in Macedonia, with a special review of the 6th century” in a specific manner would present the most relevant historical and socio-political aspects of the conditions in the late antique province Macedonia Secunda with a capital Stobi, in the function of complete clarification of the genesis of the penetration and gradual establishment of Christianity. The analysis of the historical genesis of these important events begins as
early as in the 2nd and 3rd century (the pre-Constantinian period), with a special emphasis on the period of the 6th century when many intensive events happened, which were also relevant for the development, and in specific epochs also the stagnation of the development of Christianity in Macedonia. At the same time, the study will clarify the relentless persecutions of Christians which were timely determined by the rule of specific emperors and their attitudes in regard to Christianity and Christians. The study opens new scientific challenges about the research of this insufficiently explored period in the area of late antique Macedonia, the episcopal seats, the vast number of churches in Macedonia
from this period (more than three hundred churches from the early Christianity). This study unequivocally confirms the thesis that the territory of Macedonia is a bridge for the future expansion and establishment of Christianity in Europe.

Keywords: Christianity, Macedonia Secunda, historical genesis.


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