A publication worth the attention of biblical scholars: The World of the New Testament, The: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts.
I’ve received my copy of a newly published multi-author volume that I can recommend, perhaps especially to „general” readers and students, who wish to have some reliable discussion of the setting of the NT (having read it in proof stage and written a „blurb” for it:
The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, eds. Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013).
The topics collectively give a pretty good review of topics that comprise the larger historical setting in question. After a discussion of chronology by McDonald, there are another 42 contributions grouped into several sections: „Setting and Context: Exile and Jewish Heritage,” „Setting the Context: Roman Hellenism,” „The Jewish People in the Context of Roman Hellenism,” „The Literary Context of Early Christianity,” and „the Geographical Context of the New Testament.” As „Additional Resources,” there is a brief discussion of „Money in the…
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