The Lost Letters of Pergamum

Author: Bruce W. Longenecker
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 1493405004
Format: PDF
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A Fascinating Glimpse into the World of the New Testament 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. While the account is fictional, the author is a highly respected New Testament scholar who weaves reliable historical information into a fascinating story, offering a fresh, engaging, and creative way to learn about the New Testament world. The first edition has been widely used in the classroom (over 30,000 copies sold). This updated edition, now with improved readability and narrative flow, will bring the social and political world of Jesus and his first followers to life for many more students of the Bible.

The Lost Letters of Pergamum

Author: Bruce W. Longenecker
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 0801026075
Format: PDF, ePub
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Fascinating novel of a Roman citizen's spiritual transformation gives a reliable glimpse into the world of the New Testament and the early church.

The Lost Letters of Pergamum

Author: Bruce W. Longenecker
Publisher: Baker Books
ISBN: 1585588377
Format: PDF
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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."

Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Author: Everett Ferguson
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802822215
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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New to this expanded & updated edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, & a fresh dicussion of first century social life, the Dead Sea Scrolls & much else.

Christianity in the Greco Roman World

Author: Moyer V. Hubbard
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 1441237097
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Background becomes foreground in Moyer Hubbard's creative introduction to the social and historical setting for the letters of the Apostle Paul to churches in Asia Minor and Europe. Hubbard begins each major section with a brief narrative featuring a fictional character in one of the great cities of that era. Then he elaborates on various aspects of the cultural setting related to each particular vignette, discussing the implications of those venues for understanding Paul's letters and applying their message to our lives today. Addressing a wide array of cultural and traditional issues, Hubbard discusses: • religion and superstition • education, philosophy, and oratory • urban society • households and family life in the Greco-Roman world This work is based on the premise that the better one understands the historical and social context in which the New Testament (and Paul's letters) was written, the better one will understand the writings of the New Testament themselves. Passages become clearer, metaphors deciphered, and images sharpened. Teachers, students, and laypeople alike will appreciate Hubbard's unique, illuminating, and well-researched approach to the world of the early church.

Judaism Before Jesus

Author: Anthony J. Tomasino
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830827305
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Persian impact on Judaism - Greeks in the East - Jewish diversity in the Hasmonean era - Hellenistic inheritance - Romans and the Jews - Messianic hopes.

Contextualization in the New Testament

Author: Dean Flemming
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830874798
Format: PDF, ePub
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Winner of a 2006 Christianity Today Book Award! Honored as one of the "Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2005 for Mission Studies" by International Bulletin of Missionary Research From Cairo to Calcutta, from Cochabamba to Columbus, Christians are engaged in a conversation about how to speak and live the gospel in today's traditional, modern and emergent cultures. The technical term for their efforts is contextualization. Missionary theorists have pondered and written on it at length. More and more, those who do theology in the West are also trying to discover new ways of communicating and embodying the gospel for an emerging postmodern culture. But few have considered in depth how the early church contextualized the gospel. And yet the New Testament provides numerous examples. As both a crosscultural missionary and a New Testament scholar, Dean Flemming is well equipped to examine how the early church contextualized the gospel and to draw out lessons for today. By carefully sifting the New Testament evidence, Flemming uncovers the patterns and parameters of a Paul or Mark or John as they spoke the Word on target, and he brings these to bear on our contemporary missiological task. Rich in insights and conversant with frontline thinking, this is a book that will revitalize the conversation and refresh our speaking and living the gospel in today's cultures, whether in traditional, modern or emergent contexts.

The Truth about Jesus and the Lost Gospels

Author: David Marshall
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 9780736920551
Format: PDF
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Recent headlines, bestselling books, and even a blockbuster movie have called a lot of attention to the "Lost Gospels"-ancient documents that portray a Jesus far different from the one found in the Bible. What are the "Lost Gospels," and where did they come from? Are these writings trustworthy? Are they on par with the Bible? Have we had wrong perceptions about Jesus all along? A careful comparison of the "Lost Gospels" to the Bible reveals a number of alarming discrepancies that are cause for concern. This eye-opening resource will enable you to take a well-informed and well-reasoned stand on a controversy now sweeping the world. Book jacket.

Roman House Churches for Today

Author: Reta Halteman Finger
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 080280764X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Placing the biblical book of Romans in its historical and cultural context, Reta Halteman Finger here creates a simulation of the Roman house churches that first heard Paul's Romans letter and its call for inclusiveness among the people of God. Finger guides readers in small groups to re-create house churches as in first-century Rome. Based on the text of Romans, participants play various roles and converse, even debate, with other characters from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. This experiential approach makes Romans come alive in new, concrete ways and applies Romans theology to current issues that often still divide groups of Christians. Roman House Churches for Today includes aids and suggestions for simulation leaders, sample character sketches, and website links with resources for further, deeper study. Not only small groups but also individuals will profit from this unique Bible study.

Theological Interpretation of the New Testament

Author: Kevin J. Vanhoozer
Publisher: Baker Academic
ISBN: 0801036232
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Utilizes material from the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible to introduce theological interpretation through a book-by-book survey of the New Testament.