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Bible Gateway interviews author Stephen Backhouse

What do you know about the growth and impact of Christianity from the apostles to the present day, not only in the Western world but also globally, including the development of Eastern Orthodox and Armenian Christianity, as well as considering Christianity in Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Baltic and Slavic states, and India? And why is it important to have this knowledge? Bible Gateway interviewed Stephen Backhouse, author of the “Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History” (Zondervan, 2019).

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Bible Gateway Q&A with N.T. Wright and Michael F. Bird

When you read the New Testament, do you intentionally try to think like a first-century Jesus follower to capture the visceral excitement of the early Christians? What was the first-century understanding of the kingdom of God? What is the real meaning of the resurrection in its original context? As 21st-century people, how do we recover the adventure of what it was like to live as Christians in the first or second centuries in the world of Second Temple Judaism amidst Greco-Roman politics? In this Q&A, N.T. Wright and Michael F. Birdtalk about their new book, “The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians” (Zondervan, 2019).

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