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The Lost Letters of Pergamum

By: Bruce W. Longenecker,Ben Witherington
Narrated by: Troy Duran
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Publisher's Summary

Transported two thousand years into the past, readers are introduced to Antipas, a Roman civic leader who has encountered the writings of the biblical author Luke. Luke's writings spark Antipas's interest, and a correspondence transpires between them. As the two delve deeply into each other's lives, Antipas begins to see things in fresh ways, causing him to rethink the values upon which his life had been founded. In due course, a gladiatorial contest in Pergamum forces difficult decisions on both the Christians in that city and on Antipas himself.

©2002 Baker Academic (P)2015 Bruce W. Longenecker

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Get the Audio!

This particular book was assigned as a reading material and needed to write a paper. I could not catch on to the letters and began to feel a Bit discouraged until I found the book on audio! It brought the letters to life! I enjoyed the story and historical content of the book.

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Pergamum

Great read for my NT class. Excellent historical perspective. Helpful appreciation for monograph copying and version.

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Tremendous Recreation of Life in 1st Century Rome

Wow, this was an amazing experience! I was enlightened, gripped, and moved as I read the fictional story of a Roman nobleman who died for his faith in Jesus Christ. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a better understanding of the courage required to become a follower of Christ in the period when the Imperial Cult of Caesar was being promoted as a way to unify the far flung Empire of Rome. Great insights into the mind of a Roman citizen considering the claims of Christ.

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Long Lost Letters

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone with an imagination will love this book. It is historical fiction well written by Longenecker. Although it is quite scholarly, you won't notice as you are drawn into the correspondence between Antipas and Luke in the days of Pax Romana.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luke was my favorite character because he diplomatically answered Antipas' questions while at the same time giving historically accurate information that filled in the background of life in the Roman Empire for a minority follower of The Way.

What does Troy Duran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Troy Duran does an excellent job of pausing at just the right time, speeding ahead with emotion when necessary, and overall living the story. While I could do that for myself in my head, it's not the same as being able to knit and let someone else do the reading for me!

Who was the most memorable character of The Lost Letters of Pergamum and why?

Antipas was the most memorable for me because of his inquiry into truth.

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This narrative is quite immersive. Do give it a listen! You may have to allow yourself a few chapters to get into it, but it will be worth your time.

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Fabulous fictional view of these events!

If you could sum up The Lost Letters of Pergamum in three words, what would they be?

Understanding Elite Romans

What did you like best about this story?

How well Longenecker portrayed the final years of Antipas' life in coming to know Christ.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene between Antipas and the emperor of Rome.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final scene between Antipas and the emperor of Rome.

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Great book, it actually makes you feel as if these letters were real and event took place. Very well written.

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a great read to a compelling dialogue

the story that is presented here is a great dialogue mostly between Luke the position, and antibiotics, benefactor of the city of Pergamum. the story is both compelling and motivating to become the Christ follower that God wants of each of us. boldness, courageousness, and a choice to who you will serve is presented here. The reader of this book could not have done a better job. I highly recommend the audiobook.

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Troy and the reading of The Lost Letters

Troy narrated well. The story was rather excellent. Not as good as some books but alright.

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Very powerful

This book truly opened my eyes to the otherwise blind eye to modern perceptions of the horrific means of excitable practices in ancient history. Thank you for allowing me to see feel and appreciate the lives that were sacrificed for all Christians to find the gospel of Jesus Christ

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Interesting Insights

While this is fiction, the dialogue gave very interesting insights into what the early church experienced as they worked to reconcile the teaching of Jesus in an honor-shame culture. It was interesting and very well done.

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Awesome and insightful book!

This is an incredible look into the daily lives of how Roman citizens and Hebrew citizens used to live during New Testament times. It is well written and draws you into the mindset of how the Roman citizens used to actually think and believe. It brings a new perspective into the Word of God in a brand new way! Highly recommended!

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  • Charlotte Faint
  • 09-21-21

Takes a bit to get into but well worth it!

I did struggle with the pace and working out who was writing but the book was brilliant and insightful.

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  • Paul Syrstad
  • 06-30-21

Beautifully Told

A stunning piece of imagined work that really gives an insight as to how the early church might have been. I was surprised by the first couple of chapters and thought it wouldn't be my style of book, but once I locked into it - just wow! Thank you.

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  • David Ottaway
  • 08-27-20

Interesting idea and very enjoyable

I listened to this very quickly as it really did draw me in. The premise is of letters being written between different cities in the time of the early church and gives you an idea of how letter writing worked and some of the logistical challenges as well as time involved between writing, delivery and reply. At it's heart though there is a moving story of a journey of faith for the main letter writer and the format of the novel does make this a more interesting story due to the period of time that elapses between letters and the fact that we get snippets of events. The story concludes in a fairly predictable way but felt justified by the narrative and was well earned and satisfying ending. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it and will probably give it another listen in a few years.

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  • ModsterMan
  • 06-05-17

Slightly Intriguing with a Great Ending

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I love everything that Longenecker and Witherington 3rd put out, but this was informative, and a little slow. It was developed using a creative approach, but nobody understood it except myself. Great for a glimpse into the enigmatic culture of the Roman/Greek mindset. Would it help with explaining our Gospel to an equally ignorant modern audience? Maybe.

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  • Maryanne
  • 09-18-16

Wow

Talk about taking a time machine back to the times of the early church! I actually felt like i was right there. The language used is so descriptive and flows so well that the imagination just follows. It gave me a clear and accurate idea of what life may have been like for early christians in and around roam after Jesus was killed and the gospels were being written. A good read historically, spiritually and academically as a lot of the accounts echo what the text books say.