on 23 June 2011
In terms of providing a comprehensive treatment of the religious, social, political and philosophical context for the emergence of Christianity it is hard to fault this book. Admittedly the treatment is a little uneven, but only because it is so full in most areas. Sometimes he differs from other authorities on the customs and practice of the Roman empire and while this is not unusual in scholarly works I wonder whether the book may be a little dated. But only further work would reveal this. Highly recommended.