In Part 1 of today’s conversation, Justin and Stephen talk with Dr. Holly Beers about her fascinating book A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman, and how developing a better understanding of the first century context can lead to more accurate, and more interesting, interpretations of the New Testament.

They also consider the role of narrative in reaching understanding. Holly shares about how her own experiences have led her to pursue these topics more deeply along with her process of writing. In Part 2, Justin, Stephen, and Holly will talk about how we can understand similar themes today, and the implications for inter-gendered relationships.

Justin and Stephen discuss Holy Saturday and who we imagine ourselves to be as they talk through their highlights, lowlights, and insights for the week.

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About Holly Beers, Ph.D.

Holly Beers is an associate professor of religious studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where she teaches New Testament and Greek courses. She loves to research and write, though her primary passion is teaching and mentoring students in their various stages of faith development. She sees her academic work as her primary way of serving the church and believes passionately in the local church as the hub of God’s kingdom work in the world. Holly is married to Max and they have three elementary-aged children with Old Testament, rather than New Testament, names: Noah, Moses, and Eden.

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This episode was recorded on the land of the Wahpekute, Anishinabewaki, and the Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux).

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