Early Christianity in Pompeian Light: People, Texts, Situations
Scholars of early Christianity are awakening to the potential ofPompeiis treasures for casting light on the settings and situationsthat were commonplace and conventional for the first urbanChristians. The uncovered world of Pompeii, destroyed by theeruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E., allows us to peer back intime, capturing a heightened sense of what life was like on theground in the first century the very time when the earlyJesus-movement was beginning to find its feet. In light of theVesuvian material remains, historians are beginning to ask freshquestions of early Christian texts and perceive new contours,nuances, and subtleties within the situations those textsaddress.The essays of this book explore different dimensions of Pompeiispotential to refine our lenses for interpreting the texts andsituations of early Christianity. The contributors to this book(including Carolyn Osiek, David Balch, Peter Oakes, BruceLongenecker, and others) demonstrate that it is an exciting time toexplore the interface between the Vesuvian contexts and the earlyJesus-movement.