The World of the Early Church : A social history
The Roman world formed the social and cultural backdrop to the emergence of the Christian movement, which has influenced so deeply the world we live in today. So what was it like for ordinary people? Where did they live? What work did they do? What did they do in their free time? How did they understand their place in the world, in relation to others and, very importantly, the gods? And, significantly, how was it that a rural Jewish renewal group became one of the fastest-growing urban movements through the first century and beyond?
- Hardback | 192 pages
- 196 x 242 x 22mm | 798.32g
- 01 Jun 2011
- Lion Hudson Plc
- Lion Books
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- Colour Maps, Photographs and Diagrams
About Simon M. Jones
Simon Jones was a financial journalist before being appointed Editor of Christianity, and is now minister of Bromley Baptist Church. He has written seven books, mainly for ivp, including Discovering the New Testament and Why Bother with Church, the latter being the inspiration behind his current field of study. He has taught on the social history of the New Testament in Sri Lanka and Prague as well as at Spring Harvest and in his own church, and published articles in this area.
Table of contents
Contents: Begins Here... 1. An Urban Movement 2. The Homes People Lived in 3. All in a Day's Work 4. Bread and Circuses 5. A Place in the World 6. Family Life 7. Making Ends Meet 8. A Supermarket of Faiths
"We all know that the New Testament was written some time in the past but it can be hard to get a handle on just what that particular bit of the past was like. Simon Jones's book offers an engaging, helpful way in. He draws on the latest research, uses plenty of archaeological and textual detail, and still manages to put things across in a way that is easy to understand. The book will open your eyes to the strange and fascinating world of the first Christians." PETER OAKES, Greenwood Lecturer in New Testament a the University of Manchester, author `Reading Romans in Pompeii' -- Peter Oakes "Based on solid historical scholarship and original research, Simon Jones has produced a readable and informative account of everyday life in the Roman empire that brings alive for today's readers the social contact in which the first Christians worked out their faith." JOHN DRANE, Fellow of St John's College, Durham, and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, California. -- John Drane Thus, the reader of The World of the Early Church walks away from the book with a greater understanding of the first century Greco-Roman world, and therefore with a greater knowledge of the Scriptures that came from that world, so distant from our own. -- Matthew R. Crawford * Churchman *