Holly Beers’s A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman is a recent addition to the rapidly expanding A Week in the Life series. The aim of the series is to give insight into the social and cultural background of the NT through the genre of historical fiction. The concept is educationally sound; rather than learning by trawling through informational content arranged by headings, the reader is instead drawn into the first century Greco-Roman world through the imagination, experiencing the sights, smells, and noisy bustle of life in that world.

A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman recounts seven days in the life of the fictional Anthia, a young, heavily pregnant fisherman’s wife living in Ephesus at the time of Paul’s ministry there (Acts 18–20). Having lost a friend during childbirth in the opening pages, Anthia grows increasingly anxious for the health of her own baby as...

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