The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity

The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity

by James S. Jeffers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0830815899

ISBN-13: 9780830815890

Pub. Date: 10/07/1999

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

What was life like for first-century Christians?

Imagine a modest-sized Roman home of a well-to-do Christian household wedged into a thickly settled quarter of Corinth. In the lingering light of a summer evening, men, women and children, merchants, working poor and slaves, a mix of races and backgrounds have assembled in the dimly lit main room are are spilling into

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What was life like for first-century Christians?

Imagine a modest-sized Roman home of a well-to-do Christian household wedged into a thickly settled quarter of Corinth. In the lingering light of a summer evening, men, women and children, merchants, working poor and slaves, a mix of races and backgrounds have assembled in the dimly lit main room are are spilling into the central courtyard. This odd assortment of gathered believers--some thirty in number--are attentive as the newly arrived and travel-weary emissary from Paul reads from the papyrus scroll he has brought from their apostolic mentor.

But if you were to be transported to this scene you would perhaps be overwhelmed by a flood of unexpected difference. The voice of the reader recedes as through open windows the din and clamor of the city assault your ears. Hooves clunk and cart wheels grind and echo from the street while drivers shout, vendors call and neighbors gather and converse. And later, as you accompany a family through darkened and dangerous streets to their third-story tenement apartment, you might try to mask your shock at the cramped and unsafe conditions.

In The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era James Jeffers provides an informative and scenic tour of daily life during the time of Jesus and the apostles. He affords "you-are-there" glimpses of everything from legal codes to dinner foods, from social hierarchy to apartment living, from education to family dynamics. His eye-opening book will advance your understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity and enrich your reading and application of the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830815890
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
10/07/1999
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
647,867
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface
1. Historical Background to the New Testament Era
2. Life & Death in the First Century
3. The City in the Greco-Roman World
4. Influences on Christian Organization
5. Religion in the Greco-Roman World
6. Governing of the Provinces & Palestine
7. Tools of Governance: Finances, Law & the Military
8. Social Class & Status in the Empire
9. Citizenship
10. The Jews in the Cities
11. Slavery
12. The Family, Women & Education
13. Provinces & Cities of the New Testament Era
Appendix A: A Summary of Greco-Roman History
Appendix B: Chronology of Events
Maps
Notes
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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