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ISBN/ASIN : 0802822215
Manufacturer : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company|
Release data : September, 2003
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As a source of protestant view on the 4th century BC to 4th century AD, YES, otherwise NO
I had hard to find anything about the veneration of saints, which I think would be important to include with a comparison to other religions of the period and earlier. In this book there's remarkably little on the actual original backgrounds of christianity, a religion composed from sources and not all that inventive uninformed people tend to think.
I read every page.
This book is a great reference book, and also a great read. I read every page of the book and created a careful outline of it (which will be available at davidritsema.com). The book was required for my doctoral program in NT and I found it be very helpful in providing the panoramic view of biblical backgrounds to the NT.
Comprehensive and Understandable
This book is an excellent introduction to the historical, cultural, social, economic, and political backgrounds of the times before, during, and after the beginnings of Christianity, i.e., from 330 B.C. to A.D. 330, from Alexander the Great to Constantine. It superbly complements the study of the New Testament. It has helped me attempt to make concepts in the Gospels concrete which, at first, seemed to be abstact.