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Reading Romans in Pompeii: Paul's Letter at Ground Level
Oakes, Peter

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009 pp. xiii + 194. $39.00


Description: Peter Oakes relies on demographic information and data from excavations in nearby Pompeii to paint a compelling portrait of daily life in a typical insula, or apartment complex, like the ones in which Paul s audience in Rome likely lived. Imaginatively fleshing out profiles of the circumstances of actual residents of Pompeii, Oakes then uses these profiles to invite the reader into a new way to hear Paul's letter to the Romans as the apostle s contemporaries might have heard it. The result of this ground-breaking study is a fuller, richer appreciation of Paul's most important letter.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Literature

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Review by Steven A. Hunt
Published 1/2/2011
Citation: Steven A. Hunt, review of Peter Oakes, Reading Romans in Pompeii: Paul's Letter at Ground Level, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


Review by Richard A. Wright
Published 2/26/2012
Citation: Richard A. Wright, review of Peter Oakes, Reading Romans in Pompeii: Paul's Letter at Ground Level, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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