The Emperior Nero distinguished himself as the first ruler of Rome to authorize a state sponsored assault on the fledgling Christain movement. Aside from this, he represents one of the most unbalanced and vicious characters in the history of the Roman world. Nevertheless, during his reign the Christian message continued to spread, touching an ever increasing number of both Jews and Gentiles in the ancient world. For more resources, please visit www.brucegore.com.
Beginning with ancient Sumer in Mesopotamia, and finishing with the Roman world of the New Testament, this wide ranging series of lectures will acquaint the student with the major personalities and civilizations that comprise the context of the biblical story. The stories of the Bible take on rich meaning as they are understood against the backdrop of the great events of the ancient world.
This series of lectures will serve as a companion to the textbook by Bruce, which goes by the same title.