#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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#1687

2019-11-20

A Week in the Life of a Slave

With John Byron

A Week in the Life of a Slave is the latest release in the IVP Week in the Life series, historical fiction written by biblical scholars packed full of information about biblical archaeology and other biblical research. We talk with author John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary about the ubiquitous slaves of the first century Roman world. Jesus talked about slaves in his parables. They were a part of life in the first century. Byron’s book attempts to fill in some of the missing elements in the biblical book of Philemon, a short epistle written by the Apostle Paul.

tags: Colossae Onesimus slave Philemon Zoilos Aphrodisias

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#1686

2019-11-12

Hippos Sussita Mosaics

With Clyde Billington

Hippos/Sussita, one of the New Testament cities of the decapolis, is the home to at least a half dozen Byzantine churches which have been, or are being, excavated. The latest report from these excavations concerned beautiful mosaics found in one of the churches. The mosaics, among other things, portray Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000, which occurred (somewhere) nearby. We discuss this discovery and others that have been reported in the latest issue of ARTIFAX, our biblical archaeology news magazine, including a beautiful staircase at Hazor which is believed to lead to a plaza and a palace. Then there's the Goliath Wall at Gath, a massive city wall from the time of David and Goliath that is twice as thick as the later walls that were excavated on top of it. And finally, year-round excavations have begun at Assos, a city along the coast of western Turkey that was visited by the Apostle Paul (Acts 20:13). Archaeologists have been working here for 38 years, but are now picking up the pace, to make the site more interesting to visitors.

tags: Gath Mosaics Hippos Sussita Byzantine Churches Hazor Goliath Feeding 5000 Wal Assos staircase

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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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