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The World of the Early Church

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A book by Simon Jones

In the first decades after Christ a small movement from the Middle East became an empire-wide phenomenon. Soon there were Christian communities from Jerusalem to Rome, all trying to figure out how to live their new-found faith. But how did they live … see full wiki

Author: Simon Jones
Genre: Social History, Christian nonfiction
Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc
Date Published: March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7459-5500-1
1 review about The World of the Early Church

Well-written, interesting look at what everyday life was like for early Christians

  • Aug 31, 2011
Rating:
+5
"The World of the Early Church" provides the social background information that will help you more fully understand the New Testament--mainly Acts and the letters to the churches. The author explained a lot of interesting information in an easy-to-understand way. He also did an excellent job of giving us a balanced view of what life was probably like while also acknowledging the various views out there.

He used archaeological findings and writings from the time to help explain what life was like, and he quoted some of the Roman writers on what life was like from their viewpoint. The text was illustrated with interesting full-color pictures of archeological finds and remains of ancient buildings, paintings, illustrations, reconstructions, and more.

The author also referred to passages in the New Testament that can be confusing and explained how the social context of the time helps to make sense of it. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book. I'm very impressed by it, enjoyed reading it, and plan to immediately read through it again.

Topics covered: city life, homes, work, food/eating, entertainment, social position, the family, Roman religion, and more.

I received this book as a review copy from Kregel.

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