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The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide

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An indispensable introduction to Roman society, culture, law, politics, religion, and daily life as they relate to the study of the New Testament.
The Roman Empire formed the central context in which the New Testament was written. Anyone who wishes to understand the New Testament texts must become familiar with the political, economic, societal, cultural, and religious aspe
Paperback, 148 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Abingdon Press (first published July 31st 2006)
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Jun 23, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
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This is a straightforward book. Slightly dry but not as boring as some other textbooks. I find it so interesting that I finished the portions that were not assigned for my class. I happened to read this around the same time that I read Hunger Games and the Kairos Document, and the three went together really well. Like, I almost wondered if Suzanne Collins had read this book or something like it. This is the kind of information people need today, when Christian faith is so closely aligned with th ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Troy rated it it was amazing
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This is 5 lbs. of book in a 1 lb. package, and it is very worthwhile!

Intended for a lay audience, it brilliantly shows how the New Testament shows many different (sometimes contradictory) ways of responding to the Roman Empire. The summary chapter gives a glimpse of how we might use the insights of the early Christians in responding to what is happening in our world today.

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Warren Carter is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, and he has focused on the issue of the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author o ...more
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