The land in which Jesus was born, the Roman province of Judaea, was part of the Roman Empire ruled by the emperor Tiberius. It was in this historical setting that the first communities of Christians had to find their way.
Dr Patricia Madigan OP
Trish Madigan is a member of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands who has ministered for many years in the Catholic Church in Australia in ecumenical and interfaith relations. Her publications include Women and Fundamentalism in Islam and Catholicism: Negotiating Modernity in a Globalised World (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011) and Iraqi Women of Three Generations (co-authored with Martha Ann Kirk CCVI; San Antonio, TX: PeaceCenter Books, 2013). She was a member of the Council for Australian Catholic Women from 2015 to 2019 and its chair from 2018 to 2019. She is currently a sessional lecturer in church history in the Diploma in Pastoral Ministry program at Divine Word University, Papua New Guinea.