Exploring the New Testament World
The timeless message of the New Testament applies to people of every culture and generation. Yet there is great value in understanding the world in which that message was first revealed - its social manners, politics, religious customs, and culture....
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The timeless message of the New Testament applies to people of every culture and generation. Yet there is great value in understanding the world in which that message was first revealed - its social manners, politics, religious customs, and culture. Exploring the New Testament World, written by classics and Bible scholar Dr. Albert A. Bell, Jr., illuminates the living context of the New Testament, immersing its readers in the intriguing world of Jesus and the early church.
An authority on ancient Greek and Roman language, culture, and history, Dr. Bell writes in a readable style that is accessible and enjoyable to any reader - an uncommon accomplishment among New Testament scholars today. Surveying Jewish factions of the era, the social and political structure of the Roman Empire, and the philosophies and religions that surrounded the early church, Dr. Bell helps his readers learn to think like first-century Jews, Greeks, and Romans, illuminating puzzling New Testament passages for clear understanding. Comprehensive Scripture and Subject Indexes make this volume even more useful as a "manners and customs" Bible companion.
This authoritative guide receives high praise from college professors and Sunday school teachers alike, proving its appeal to both popular and academic audiences. A "must-have" reference for every pastor and an indispensable resource to any Bible reader.
Albert Bell is a literary renaissance man. His published books include nonfiction, historical fiction, and mysteries. Bell discovered his love for writing in high school with his first publication in 1972. His articles and stories have appeared in publications from "Jack and Jill" and "True Experience" to the "Detroit Free Press" and "Christian Century." Dr. Bell has taught at Hope College in Holland, Michigan since 1978 and has served as chair of the History Department since 1994. He has a Ph.D. from UNiChapel Hill, an M.A. from Duke and an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminar