The Importance Of Evangelism In The Greco-Roman World

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Introduction The New Testament is written in a Greco-Roman setting, this offers some challenges when reading in a modern context. Words like patronage and benefactor have high value in the Greco-Roman society but almost no value inside a modern society. It is necessary to understand the culture it is written in and for, to create applications into a modern context. This paper will expose some of the challenges Christianity had in the Greco-Roman world, but also the opportunities this world gave evangelism. This is interesting today hence the correlations between the Greco-Roman world and the modern world, i.e. the infrastructure also supports fast sharing of knowledge and education and a general acceptance of exotic deities. Greco-Roman World Greco-Roman tends to be misleading, Greece was under the supremacy of Rome, had no independent military or political power, Greco referees to the Greeks influential cultural and religious approach to leading an empire. Whereas the Roman had military effectiveness and expertise. Hellenistic Period The foundation of the Greco-Roman world were established by Alexander III, with a strong military force he formed a great empire, but by a stroke of genius he modeled Greek culture in the capitals or newly founded cities, the captured countries were not only held in a iron grip, but also in a volunteer acceptance hence the new opportunities for the elite like gymnasiums, theaters and an common language of commerce (deSilva, 2004, pp39-42). But

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