Lost Letters of Pergamum A Story from the New Testament World

ISBN-10: 0801026075

ISBN-13: 9780801026072

Edition: 2003

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Description: Transported two thousand years into the past, readers are introduced to Antipas, a Roman civic leader who has encountered the writings of the biblical author Luke. Luke's history sparks Antipas's interest, and they begin corresponding. As Antipas tells Luke of his reactions to the writing and of his meetings with local Christians, it becomes evident that he is changing his mind about them and Jesus. Finally, a gladiatorial contest in Pergamum forces difficult decisions on the local Christians and on Antipas.While the account is fictional, the author is a respected biblical scholar who weaves into this fascinating scenario reliable historical information. Bruce Longenecker is able to mix fact and fiction and paint an interesting and valuable study of the New Testament world and early Christianity. Readers are invited to view Jesus and the early church from a fresh perspective, as his first followers are brought to life.More reliable than typical historical fiction and far more interesting than standard textbooks and reference books, The Lost Letters of Pergamum provides readers with a delightful opportunity to step into the world of the New Testament. Pastors, Bible study groups, and all thoughtful readers will enjoy this book, which one reviewer said he "couldn't put down."

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 12/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Bruce Longenecker is Lecturer in New Testament Studies at St Andrews University, Scotland.

Author's Preface
Editor's Preface
As One Nobleman to Another
A Personal Request
To Honor the Emperor
They Proclaim a Different Lord
The Reputations of Three Men
Jesus Seems a Curious Figure
Jesus' Naive and Irresponsible Views
Communities of Support and Fellowship
The Contexts Determined the Contents
A Complete Reversal of Lifestyle
A Conduit of Blessing for Many
The Gods Had Other Plans
May His Will Be Done
The Possessions of Our Common Creator
Editor's Postscript
Maps
Characters
Historical and Fictional Aspects of the Narrative
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