Overhead view of Caesarea National Park in Israel
I’m fascinated by archeological research, especially at Roman sites but also for the other ancient civilizations that surrounded the Mediterranean Sea. Some of the richest sources of information are the thousands of papyri that have been preserved, providing a multitude of details about life in Roman times. As a Christian, I’m especially fascinated by discoveries that tell us more about living under Roman rule in the time when Jesus and his earliest followers were living.
There have been many discoveries that reveal a great deal about the world during the times described by both the Old and New Testament. I’ll be adding articles here about some of the things I’ve learned. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.
One exceptional book is Papyri and the Social World of the New Testament. Published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press, its author is Dr. Sabine R. Huebner. She is Professor of Ancient History and Head of the Doctoral Program in Classical Civilizations at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Her scholarship is excellent, and her writing style is a pleasure to read. I heartily recommend this as an addition to the library of anyone who loves Roman history like I do. With a paperback edition that costs less than $30 USD, it’s delightfully affordable.
For a discussion of the Roman attitude toward Christianity as a new and illicit religion, please visit the articles here on Crime and Punishment and what earned Christians a death sentence under Roman law.
My articles relating to archeology and the Bible
The Roman census and the historical accuracy of Luke 2:2