Roman Empire and the New Testament An Essential Guide

ISBN-10: 0687343941
ISBN-13: 9780687343942
Edition: 2006
Authors: Warren Carter
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 148
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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 aspects of Roman rule. Much of the New Testament deals with enabling its readers to negotiate, in an array of different manners, this pervasive imperial context. This book will help the reader see how social structures and daily practices in the Roman world illumine so much of the content of the New Testament message. For example, to grasp what Paul was saying about food offered to idols one must understand that temples in the Roman world were not "churches," and that they functioned as political, economic, and gastronomic centers, whose religious dealings were embedded within these other functions.Brief in presentation yet broad in scope, The Roman Empire andthe New Testament: An Essential Guide will introduce students to the information and ideas essential to coming to grips with the world in which early Christianity was born.

Introduction
The Roman Imperial World
Evaluating Rome's Empire
Ruling Faces of the Empire: Encountering Imperial Officials
Spaces of Empire: Urban and Rural Areas
Temples and "Religious"/Political Personnel
Imperial Theology: A Clash of Theological and Societal Claims
Economics, Food, and Health
Further Dynamics of Resistance
Postscript
Bibliography
Bibliography of Classical Works Cited

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