DSR Graduate Sarah Rollens has published a new essay about the early Christian church in the Huffington Post.

In her piece, “Going to Church in the Ancient World,” she asks:

If early groups of Jesus followers weren’t going to church in the way that many modern Christians understand it (and if they didn’t have strong ties to Jewish communities, they probably weren’t going to synagogues either), then what were they up to?

Rollen maps how documentary evidence helps us tackle this question, giving us an idea of how early Christian gatherings looked and worked.

Sarah Rollens is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rhodes College. She graduated from the PhD program in 2013.