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9780830815890

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

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    9780830815890

  • ISBN10:

    0830815899

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-10-01
  • Publisher: Ivp Academic

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Summary

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.InThe Greco-Roman World of the New Testament EraJames 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.

Author Biography

James S. Jeffers is associate professor in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University and teaches ancient history at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
9(10)
List of Maps
10(1)
List of Tables
10(1)
Preface 11(3)
Historical Background to the New Testament Era
14(5)
Life & Death in the First Century
19(29)
The City in the Greco-Roman World
48(23)
Influences on Christian Organization
71(18)
Religion in the Greco-Roman World
89(21)
Governing of the Provinces & Palestine
110(32)
Tools of Governance: Finances, Law & the Military
142(38)
Social Class & Status in the Empire
180(17)
Citizenship
197(14)
The Jews in the Cities
211(9)
Slavery
220(17)
The Family, Women & Education
237(22)
Provinces & Cities of the New Testament Era
259(34)
Appendix A: A Summary of Greco-Roman History 293(28)
Appendix B: Chronology of Events 321(3)
Maps 324(6)
Notes 330(9)
Subject Index 339(4)
Scripture Index 343

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