James Jeffers' book provides and interesting and enlightening background into the geo-political influences of 1st century Christianity. I found it very helpful that he coordinates his historical data with scripture references relevant to the information he conveys and it is in a style that is easy to read and understand. I have long felt that an understanding of the geo-political climate at the time of Christ is essential to understanding the message He and the Apostles proclaimed. This book fills that need.
Great book. Easy to read yet filled with information. Very descriptive, you could almost picture the tradesman at work. The importance of Romes presence, both for the good, and the bad, is related in a way anyone can understand
This book was very helpful in understanding the magnitude of the Roman Empire's expanse and influence in the contemporaneous known world. I found the book very readable, unlike most prolix literature written on this subject. Jeffers does not confuse you with too many footnotes, but defines the terms used (when there are any), in their context. He leaves the Latin terms to a minimum, but includes them when neccesary. I also felt that his allusions to NT examples (or his hypotheses) were intriguing and often helpful, especially when speaking of Pauline studies. It helps to see how the NT was a contextual occurence -- Paul, and the early Christians had to face a real world, with plenty of people to ostracize them.This book was written for the educated person, but it is not, I believe, too difficult to understand. I have already recommended this book to several people -- experienced and inexperienced, alike.