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Table of Contents

1. From the Beginning
2. The Journey to Jerusalem
3. The Cost of Pentecost
4. Mad Caligula, and Persistent Aquila
5. A Marriage Arranged in Roma
6. Banished!
7. Paulus the Apostle in Corinth
8. On to Ephesus
9. Enter Apollos
10. Demons and Dark Arts in Ephesus
11. Riot in the Theater, Wild Beasts in Ephesus
12. Return to Greece
13. The Death of Claudius, the Return to Roma
14. Joanna/Junia
15. Paulus's Farewell at Miletus
16. The Collection and Its Collectors Reach Jerusalem
17. Paulus the Prisoner in Caesarea and the Struggles of the Ekklesia in Roma
18. At Last! Paulus's Arrival in Roma
19. House Arrest and the Captivity Epistles
20. The Release of the Apostle
21. The Conflagration
22. Peter Takes Charge and Writes of Suffering
23. Christ Followers as Roman Candles
24. Burned Out Christianoi-the Temptation to Defect
25. A Surprise Ending, and a Return to the East
26. John Mark and the Abomination That Makes Desolate
27. Titus Rules, and the Volcano Erupts
28. "You Must Increase, While We Decrease"
29. Unnerved Nerva and the End of Days
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Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest, The Paul Quest, New Testament Theology and Ethics, and commentaries on the entire New Testament. An ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and a popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges, and biblical meetings around the world.


"We know much more about the lives and experiences of men in early Christianity than women. Fortunately, Ben Witherington combines his vast historical knowledge with engaging storytelling to imagine the life of Priscilla. From the glimpses of her life we catch in Paul and Acts, we can be certain she led an extraordinary life. Witherington's work of historical fiction captures that life well, all the while helping readers to explore the world of the New Testament."--Nijay K. Gupta, associate professor of New Testament, Portland Seminary
"Women disciples like Priscilla played an enormously important but often overlooked role in the story of the spread of the Christian gospel and growth of the Christian movements throughout the first century. Witherington--a career-long contributor to the righting of this imbalance--here presents a plausible account of one of those leading women, a coworker of Paul and a teacher and matron of the early church. In the accessible form of a flowing story, he immerses us in the real-life contexts of the players of the New Testament, from the smells and sounds of the industrial districts and tenements of Rome, to the rhythms of life in a Roman villa, to the bustle of the small shops that lined Corinth's forum. Along the way, the reader is introduced to the major contours of Witherington's reconstruction of early Christian history and how the majority of the New Testament writings fit in to that history--developed and defended in his academic books, but made winsomely accessible here in narrative form. Witherington has shown himself once again the master of the ancient ideal for effective writing, communicating what is useful through what is pleasant."--David A. deSilva, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, author of Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt

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