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.
Moyer V. Hubbard (DPhil, University of Oxford) is professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in Los Angeles, California. He is the author of New Creation in Paul's Letters and Thought and a commentary on 2 Corinthians.
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