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 their daily lives? The World of the Early Church explores what life was like for the first Christians. Surveying archaeological evidence and contemporary accounts, Simon Jones answers questions like:
What was the role of pagan religion?
What did people do for entertainment?
What was family life like?
How did they earn a living?
How was society structured?
What was the role of women?
Illustrated throughout with photographs, maps, and reproductions, The World of the Early Church is a fascinating survey that brings this period vividly to life.
"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 … more