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

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InterVarsity Press, Oct 7, 1999 - Religion - 352 pages
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.

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User Review  - jenpb18bennett - LibraryThing

Fantastic book on the world of the new testament. I used it for a History and Archaeology course in college and still love it! It would help to paint a better picture of what the new testament that the apostle Paul would have seen and experienced was like. Read full review

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James Jeffers' book provides and interesting and enlightening background into the geo-political influences of 1st century Christianity. I found it very helpful that he coordinates his historical data ... Read full review


List of Figures
The Jews in the Cities
The Family Women Education
Provinces Cities of the New Testament Era
A Summary of GrecoRoman History
Chronology of Events
Subject Index

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About the author (1999)

Jeffers is associate professor in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, and he teaches ancient history at California State University in Dominguez Hills. He has also written Conflict at Rome: Social Order and Hierarchy in Early Christianity (Fortress).

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