The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament

The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament

James S. Jeffers' The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era - Exploring the Background of Early Christianity offers a thorough analysis of the ancient Roman era. He takes the reader through the religious background to the Christian era, what life was like in urban areas and in the provinces, tools of government, Jews in the cities, the importance of citizenship, the status of women and education, as well as a comparative look at ancient and modern slavery, and a detailed comparison of the ancient social class hierarchy. This paper is a cursory review of Jeffers’ publication.
Like a number of great civilizations of our past, Rome ...

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an important lesson, the author points out, which some of Rome’s neighbors tended to ignore to their grave peril: the Romans never give up. They can be bested in battle, even lose whole armies, but they are never beaten. In short, they refuse to admit defeat.

Chapter 2: Life & Death in the First Century

The commercial fishing industry in Palestine used cast nets and dragnets. The cast nets (also known as circular throwing nets) was about 15 feet in diameter, made of fine mesh and was weighted with leaden sinkers (Mk 1:16). It was used in shallow water. The dragnet was a large net used with two boats.
Countless products were manufactured in the ancient world, but one must not imagine them being produced in modern factories on assembly lines. Most goods were made by artisans working alone, or with one or two slaves. The few factories that existed were tiny by modern standards. Potters made dishes and vases for everyday use, fullers and weavers produced cloth, workers ...

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by a colonnade. Most athletic events occurred in the open-air courtyard. Rooms under the colonnade were used to instruct children in all arrears of education and for bathing.
Christians often used underground communal burial sites called catacombs. In addition to the famous catacombs outside the city of Rome, Christian catacombs have been found in Alexandria, North Africa, Syracuse, Malta and Naples. Several tiers of recesses were excavated along each side of the passages. Stone slabs or bricks sealed the openings of the recesses. Walls and ceilings were often covered in plaster and decorated.
Paul depended on the city for his livelihood. He reminds the churches ...

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