The Hellenistic period showed that alternate
religions can over power long standing traditional religions.
Religions such as the mystery religions, the imperial cult,
philosophical religions and astrology dominated the Greco-
Roman world, where the traditional religion of Zeus had
existed for such a long period of time. This rebellion of
religions made it possible for future religions to evolve, such
as Christianity. It was all made possible when people
questioned their beliefs, and when they did not like the
answer that they got they formed their own ideas and
opinions. The Hellenistic period also showed that if the
traditional religion can lose its popularity in Greece, than no
religion is safe from extinction.
Ferguson, John. Greek and Roman Religion, a Source
Book. New Jersey: Noyes Press, 1980.
Grant, Fredrick. Roman Hellenism and the New
Testament. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1962.
February 29, 1996
Intro. to the New Testament
by Mike Strubbe