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

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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 ce ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 7th 1999 by InterVarsity Press (first published October 1999)
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Jul 04, 2014 Dewayne rated it really liked it
Jeffers provides a nice overview of daily life in the world of the first century. Most of the book deals with life in the early Roman Empire, but he does occasionally bring in elements from the time of the Republic and of the Empire after the first century. Where helpful, he contrasts Roman attitudes with those of the Greeks, showing some of the complexity of life in the time of the New Testament. He also points out how at times attitudes toward wealth, slavery, and various occupations differ fr ...more
Aug 17, 2007 Chris rated it really liked it
A great, user-friendly description of life in the Roman world during the time of Christ and the early Christian church.
Joel Wentz
Feb 25, 2017 Joel Wentz rated it it was amazing
This is a concise, well-organized, clearly-written overview of the cultural context within which the New Testament documents were written. While it can be a dry reading experience at times, the sheer amount of information covered in such an accessible package is astounding. Each chapter also includes relevant quotations and a simple, helpful biography for the topic being discussed.

In short, this is an amazing reference tool, which I am thrilled to have on my shelf. Each chapter can be read easil
Bret James Stewart
Jul 15, 2016 Bret James Stewart rated it really liked it
James S. Jeffers has done a good job with this book. The cover art is attractive, the book is laid out well, and he includes a number of photographs, charts, and tables that augment the text. He has a couple of appendices and indices for Scripture verses and subjects, which are needed for a scholarly book.

The beauty of the book is that it provides a context for the New Testament Scriptures. This greatly adds to the understanding of the Bible. In attempting to provide a snapshot of what life was
Andy Kline
Jul 31, 2010 Andy Kline rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this book immensely. Fascinating read, worth every minute. I'm about 2/3rds of the way through and will read it again. It covers every aspect of Greco-Roman culture during the Apostolic era & presents a well rounded view that helps the reader understand the historical and cultural context of the NT>

Post read post: This is a must read for any student of the NT
Apr 16, 2011 Danny rated it it was amazing
James Jeffers provides a fantastic addition to any library. After purchasing this book I had some concerns that I may be in for what would be a necessary, but boring disquisition. Imagine my surprise when the information provided in this book was concise and readable.
Cory Shumate
Solid book to prepare for a visit to the ancient sites in Greece and Turkey, following the footsteps of Paul and John. Jeffers combines academia with imagination and accessibility, making this a great read for students, laymen, or professors.
Sep 18, 2012 Cassie marked it as may-finish-later
I started reading this, and got up to page 126 before having to give it back to the person I borrowed it from...really enjoyed what I did read though, so hopefully I'll be able to get it and finish it some other time.
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Mar 09, 2013 Ken Garrett rated it really liked it
Very readable, solid work, offering enough minute detail to keep interest up, and yet progressing at a pace that the reader won't likely get bogged down by those details.
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Loved this book. It gives the background and culture of the New Testament times so that you can better understand what the verses better and find deeper meaning behind what they say.
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If you like history, and you desire to see how the New Testament fits within the history in which it was written, this book is worth reading.
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