#1694

2020-02-04

A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman, part 2

With Holly Beers

This is the seventh book in this A Week in the Life historical fiction series, published by InterVarsity Press, and the first fiction effort by Holly Beers, a professor of religious studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. The fact that it's written by a woman and the main character is a woman makes it a little bit different but professor Beers does a great job of taking us inside the mind of a woman who lived in first century AD Ephesus. One of the best parts of this series are the archaeological and historical sidebars that are sprinkled throughout the books, which helps in our understanding of life in the first century. The worst thing about these books is that they are too short. After getting to know the characters, I would like to learn more about them. In these program she addresses three of the centers of interest in the book: The lecture hall of Tyrannus, the Agora (marketplace), and a worship service in the place of business of Priscilla, Aquila, and Paul.

tags: Ephesus women Paul childbirth Agora

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#1693

2020-01-30

A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman

With Holly Beers

This is the seventh book in this A Week in the Life historical fiction series, published by InterVarsity Press, and the first fiction effort by Holly Beers, a professor of religious studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. The fact that it's written by a woman and the main character is a woman makes it a little bit different but professor Beers does a great job of taking us inside the mind of a woman who lived in first century AD Ephesus. The previous books, I would recommend for adults and teens, but this book is a little more adult-oriented with some graphic descriptions, and I would not recommend for teens without parents reading it first. One of the best parts of this series are the archaeological and historical sidebars that are sprinkled throughout the books, which helps in our understanding of life in the first century. The worst thing about these books is that they are too short. After getting to know the characters, I would like to learn more about them.

tags: Ephesus women Paul childbirth

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#1654

2019-03-26

A Week in the Life of Rome, part 2

With James Papandrea

James Papandrea is the author of the 4th book in this series published by InterVarsity Press, historical fiction by biblical scholars that doesn’t scrimp on the story line but adds explanatory details from history and archaeology. Papandrea takes us to the middle of the first century when the Christian church was just getting started in Rome, long before the Apostle Paul made it to Rome. John Mark, the writer of Mark’s Gospel, is one of the central characters. Other personalities known from the Bible are also featured.

tags: Church Rome Christians Peter John Mark

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#1653

2019-03-19

A Week in the Life of Rome

With James Papandrea

James Papandrea is the author of the 4th book in this series published by InterVarsity Press, historical fiction by biblical scholars that doesn’t scrimp on the story line but adds explanatory details from history and archaeology. Papandrea takes us to the middle of the first century when the Christian church was just getting started in Rome, long before the Apostle Paul made it to Rome. John Mark, the writer of Mark’s Gospel, is one of the central characters. Other personalities known from the Bible are also featured.

tags: Church Rome Christians Peter John Mark

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#1629

2018-09-11

The First Testament

With John Goldingay

Bible translations, and there are multitudes of them available today, attempt to bring a book written years ago in a strange language, into the context of our modern world so that we can understand its message. But the new translation by John Goldingay, The First Testament (InterVarsity Press), moves in the opposite direction. It attempts to drag us back into that biblical world so that we can understand it in its context. That’s how I would describe it, anyway. In this interview, John describes the importance of a word-for-word Bible translation and how he treated some of the words in a few of the more familiar passages of the Old Testament.

tags: Old Testament Bible translation InterVarsity Press

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