The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era
Exploring the Background of Early Christianity
James S. Jeffers
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Kustantaja: InterVarsity Press, 1999
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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 background have assembled in the dimly lit main room and 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 we – transported to this scene – are 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 our 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 we accompany a family through darkened and dangerous streets to their third-story tenement apartment, we try to mask our 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 the various facets of the Roman vvorld. Here is an eye-opening book that advances our understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity.
Apulaisprofessori James S. Jeffers (Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University) opettaa muinaishistoriaa myös California State Universityssa.