Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World
Longenecker, Bruce W.
“This book is a creative and enjoyable story that is true to much of what we know about early Christianity in its environment. The narrative both teaches and engages the imagination as to how events in late-first-century Pergamum might have happened.”See All
Catholic Theological Union
“Longenecker's Letters present in a fascinating and compelling way the contexts of Second Temple Judaism and Greco-Roman urban life. And the narrative he weaves is not only believable but also engaging, both academically and personally. This untraditional presentation deserves a wide readership among all concerned more traditionally with the ethos of New Testament backgrounds.”See All
Joel B. Green
Asbury Theological Seminary
“Through the device of an extended correspondence between the evangelist Luke and Antipas, a resident of Pergamum, Bruce Longenecker brings early Christianity to life. The characters are vivid and believable, and they introduce the reader to a rich historical and cultural context. Those familiar with early Christianity will admire the imaginative way Longenecker builds on the best of modern scholarship, and those new to the field will learn a good deal as they eavesdrop on this conversation. This book is both a delight to read and a reliable guide to the beginnings of Christianity.”See All
Frederick J. Murphy
College of the Holy Cross
“Using the time-honored form of a collection of letters, Longenecker provides, by means of an informative and delightful fiction, a remarkably clear and accurate picture of Christian existence in the eastern Mediterranean world of the first century. One comes away from this book - a 'historical novel' in the best sense - both charmed and informed. It is a thoroughly delightful read, from which both beginners and experts will profit.”See All
Paul J. Achtemeier
emeritus, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
The Lost Letters of Pergamum introduces readers to the style of New Testament writings, the social and political world of Jesus and his first followers, and early Christian gatherings. Using the literary technique of correspondence through ancient letters, which comprise much of the New Testament, Longenecker mixes fact and fiction to paint an interesting and informative picture of the New Testament world and early Christianity.
About the Author
Bruce W. Longenecker (PhD University of Durham) is lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.