Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Greeks, Romans, Jews: Currents of Culture and Belief in the New Testament World by James D. Newsome
Kingsbury, Jack Dean, Interpretation
GREEKS, ROMANS, JEWS: CURRENTS OF CULTURE AND BELIEF IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WORLD, by James D. Newsome. Trinity Press International, Philadelphia, 1992. 475 pp. $26.95. ISBN 1-56338-037-4.
The purpose of this book is to introduce the interested reader to Jewish history, literature, and theology in the Greco-Roman period. Newsome traces the book's origins to classroom teaching, and both its tone and tenor admirably reflect this. By acquainting the reader with the place of Judaism within the world of Greek Hellenism and Roman rule, Newsome sketches the political, literary, and religious milieu in which the New Testament churches arose.
Writing in a lucid, popular style, Newsome provides the reader with a wealth of information on a broad range of topics. Devoting the bulk of his attention to Hellenism, Newsome sketches its spread throughout the Mediterranean world and the reaction it provoked from the Jews. He describes the Hasmonean revolt and its aftermath, the nature and significance of apocalyptic …
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Publication information: Article title: Shorter Reviews and Notices -- Greeks, Romans, Jews: Currents of Culture and Belief in the New Testament World by James D. Newsome. Contributors: Kingsbury, Jack Dean - Author. Journal title: Interpretation. Volume: 48. Issue: 2 Publication date: April 1994. Page number: 200. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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