The New Testament World in Pictures is a library of information about the first-century world which lies behind the New Testament, especially the Greco-Roman culture. The religion, superstitions, trades, commerce, family life, city layout, life-style, amusements and dress of this period are covered in considerable depth. The Palestinian and Eastern influences are included in the text briefly to provide the proper context, but the book concentrates on the world confronted by Paul and Christian of the first century. The text and photographs are thoroughly integrated, with the text explaining details in the photographs so extensively that first-century life is documented and clearly described. The photographs depict artefacts from both major and regional museums across the world and architectural features from excavated sites located throughout Europe and the Near East. Information has been gleaned from sources that range from well-known to relatively obscure to provide in one volume an authoritative single source for an understanding of the first-century world.
Both subject and Scripture indexes are provided to allow quick access to information in the book, and the text accompanying most of the photographs guide the reader to New Testament text that are illuminated by the information.
Dr William H. Stephens is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D. Min.). He has written many articles and addressed groups in the US and several other countries, and was for ten years editor of the magazine Biblical Illustrator. Dr. Stephens has been Church Training Curriculum Co-ordinator for Southern Baptists, and is a member of American Schools of Oriental Research and the Society of Biblical Literature.
Introduction; Emperors: Julius Caesar; Augustus; Tiberius; Caligula; Claudius; Nero; Galba, Otho, Vitellius; Vespasian; Titus; Domitian; Nerva; Trajan; The Military; The People: Greece; Asia Minor; The East; Egypt and North Africa; Europe; The City: Design and Layout; Forums, Streets and Shops; Water Supply; Houses, Dwellings and Architecture; Business: Transportation; Commerce; Weights and Measures; Professions and Trades: Writing Instruments; Arts and Artists; Philosophers; Other Professions; Slaves; Tools; Medicine and Its Tools; Religion: Temples and Shrines; Sacrificial System; Gods and Goddesses; Leisure Time: Baths; Libraries; Theatre; Musical Instruments; Games and Amusements; Sports; Circus and Amphitheatre; Home and Hearth: Childhood and Education; Men and Women; Jewellery; Toilet; Furniture; Lamps; Food and Dining; Vessels and Cooking Utensils; Death.