Just 4 Days to Save on Bloomsbury Academic Resources

For just four days, get up to 33% off select Noet Bloomsbury Academic collections and bundles! These resources provide the ultimate opportunity to explore the literature, philosophy, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome. See all deals.

Here are three reasons why studying ancient Greece and Rome supports your Bible study.

1. Gain insight into the cultural climate of early Christianity

The New Testament came together at a time when a multitude of cultures, worldviews, and philosophies were in collision. Biblical writers such as John and Paul lived within this tumultuous time and often wrote in direct response to the different beliefs and values they encountered. By understanding the world in which they lived, you can better understand what they wrote.

Bloomsbury Academic resources provide a wealth of information about life in ancient Rome—the diverse religious beliefs, cultural traditions, classes, and politics—helping you understand the development of early Christianity in context.

In addition, several collections feature ancient writings that discuss Rome’s development from a republic to an empire, like Livy’s History of Rome, Lucan’s De Bello Civili, and Tacitus’ Annals—which discusses the persecution of early Christians. With the backdrop of these writings, the arrival of Jesus and his message of mercy become even more miraculous.

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2. Sharpen your critical-thinking skills

Since the beginning of human history, people have asked big questions and searched for answers. Why do we exist? What is the purpose of life? How do you live a good life? In response, theories were posed, philosophies developed, debated, and defended. This discussion continues to this present day.

The earliest Christian leaders never shied away from this debate. The apostle Paul engaged with Stoic philosophy. St. Augustine and other early Church Fathers wrote about Platonic and neoplatonic philosophy. Today, Christians often find themselves interacting with postmodernism and secularism.

The Bloomsbury Academic sale includes resources on the philosophies of ancient Greece and Rome, how they’ve developed over time, and the different schools of thought that are popular today. By understanding different philosophies, you can sharpen your critical-thinking skills, strengthen your own beliefs, and learn how to better share them with others.

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3. Explore the foundations of Western culture

Many beliefs and values that people hold today have developed over the course of centuries. For example, the ideas of democracy and liberty have roots in classical antiquity. Philosophers like Plato and Aristotle wrote about both of these ideas, as did the historians Herodotus and Thucydides.

Even the literature and art of modern Western culture is inspired by and connected to the classical world. James Joyce’s Ulysses was influenced by Homer’s Odyssey (as was Virgil’s epic of Rome, the Aeneid). The common themes of ancient Greek tragedies (the doomed hero, fate, divine intervention), inspired the playwright William Shakespeare, and continue to appear in the stories and entertainment people enjoy today. This exchange of ideas across the centuries forms what scholars call “the Great Conversation.”

In addition to philosophy and history, the Bloomsbury Academic sale includes works of literature—Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the tragedies of Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles, the comedies of Aristophanes, and more. By reading these foundational works, you can better understand humanity’s past. And with this insight into the past, you can better understand the present.

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