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EXPLORING THE NT WORLD PB: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Jesus and the First Christians [Paperback]


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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (18 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785214240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785214243
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,626,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exploring the New Testament world, this text seeks to illuminate the living context, social manners, politics, religious customs and culture of the world of Jesus Christ and the Early Church.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unless Someone Guides Me 25 Jan 2007
By Virgil Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Albert Bell sees this book as beginning while he was yet in high school. At some point, he says, he made the connection that the authors he read in his Latin class "lived in the same world as the people who wrote the books I studied on Sunday." Now as an instructor at Hope college in Holland, MI, Bell asks the question of how we can believe something that we simply do not understand. Will we be like the Ethiopian eunuch of Acts 8.26-40 who asked, " How can I (understand) unless someone guides me?"

As an illustration of what he means, Bell says he once heard a minister tell the story of Paul's imprisonment in Rome. In his story, the minister told of clanking chains and a foul-smelling dungeon. But in ancient Rome, the law was that prisons were for holding people for trial and not for punishment. More accurately, Paul as under house arrest. He was chained during moves but even in Rome he was allowed to by himself in his own hired dwelling with a guard.

There are ten major sections to Bell's book ranging from the Judaic background of the NT to Roman law, religion, and philosophy to Greco-Roman society and morality to a section on time, distance, and travel. In the section on Roman Law, Bell covers Pliny the Younger, the powers of Roman governors, and so on. in the section on Greco-Roman religion Bell notes the story of Vespasian's healing of the blind man; such stories succeeded, says Bell, because "the popular mentality of the time accepted such things happening"

I heartily endorse the study of non-canonical writings in order to study the cultural milieu of a text. Time and again Bell guides the reader through the world in which the writers of the New Testament wrote.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 17 Dec 2011
By Alison Koch - Published on Amazon.com
This book has been a great read so far. It is great for using as a Guide in Greece and Italy. Although the book was not in great of condition as the seller had described it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this book 22 Oct 2012
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Very easy read and so informative .i preaching out of 1peter right now and this book has really helped me by keeping things in context .knowing the culture is so very important because apart from that knowledge you will be preaching things that are simply not true. One small example is many believe that it was Rome who persecuted the Christians . Actually that's a yes and no . During the time the scriptures of the New Testament were written Rome really could have cared less about Christians . The persecuted were such mainly by Jews not Rome . Rome did not go rounding up Christians in a way that most of us have been taught . With that said Rome would kill a Christian unless they repented and offered a sacrifice . To see how this all happened you really need to gt this book . Plus the information about the emperors are amazing . I really can't say enough good about this book .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor dates recorded on Kindle version 29 Sep 2012
By hey lodie dottie - Published on Amazon.com
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I am curently reading this book for a class. The dates are wrong. The kindle version has BC when it should be AD. It will have the century then confusing with the date. Book version is much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars new testament world 27 Nov 2010
By Cathy L. Moody - Published on Amazon.com
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Albert bell has created a true work of study for any disciple who desires to learn the truth of the Bible. I am greatly please and service was excellent
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