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
Review by Steven A. Hunt
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
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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