Why do we recommend this book?
A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion is a well-written historical novel with an engaging plot that follows the life of a Jewish slave in the household of a Roman centurion in the first century AD. While captivating the modern reader with an interesting story, Gary M. Burge as a New Testament scholar gives the reader a lot of historical background about the time of the New Testament. While reading, the reader learns much about the Roman army, Roman and Jewish values, Jewish life, certain biblical sites, the relationship between Jews and Gentiles, and much more. All this background information helps to place the Gospel stories in their original cultural context. The Logos edition also has the advantage of containing many full-color images that spark our imagination about life in New Testament times.
In fictional stories, of course, choices must be made, and as such, this book provides a perspective on ancient life in Biblical times. Read this book as a snapshot of what the life of a Jewish slave and a Roman centurion might have been like, with other perspectives also possible.
If you are interested in similar historical fiction, see also from the same series:
- Ben Witherington III, A week in the fall of Jerusalem (Logos)
- Ben Witherington III, A week in the life of Corinth (Logos)
- David A. deSilva, A week in the life of Ephesus (Logos)
- James L. Papandrea, A week in the life of Rome (Logos)
- John Byron, A week in the life of a slave (Logos)
- Holly Beers, A week in the life of a Greco-Roman woman (Logos)