Many people find reading the New Testament difficult because they don't know much about how people lived in those days. Too often when we read a New Testament passage we assume the people of that time meant what we mean by certain terms that appear similar. But they lived two thousand years ago, in quite a different world. Even when we recognize that they were different from us, we may still wonder how different? How did they dress? What did they eat? How did they behave toward one another? And how did those differences affect what they thought and believed and ultimately wrote down? This book provides an introduction to numerous aspects of life and thought in the first century A. D. and will help its readers "read between the lines" of the New Testament books to gain a fuller understanding of those documents.
Chapters discuss topics such as:
- How the Roman government was organized and how its decisions affected people's everyday lives (did you know that if you had a legal complaint against someone, you had to bring them to court and act as the prosecutor?).
- What different religious cults taught and how those ideas may have influenced Christianity (did you know that the god Mithra was supposedly born on Dec. 25?).
- How meals were eaten (did you know that Jesus and his disciples were reclining on couches at the Last Supper? Da Vinci had it all wrong.)
These and a host of other topics are discussed in this "must-have New Testament companion." Indexes and illustrations add to its usefulness.
Here's what readers have said about Exploring the New Testament World:
". . . fascinating and extremely informative." Tom Clark
"T. R. Glover's classic book, The World of the New Testament . . . will now be replaced for other generations . . . by the present volume written by Dr. Albert A. Bell, Jr." Bruce Metzger
"Ministers, Bible teachers, professors, and all Bible students will find Bell's work to be a must-have New Testament companion." CenturyOne Bookstore
"Owing to its user-friendly features . . . and its non-threatening way of presentation, college teachers may consider Bell's work as a text . . . ." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
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