Roman And Greek Culture During The Period Of The New Testament

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Christianity and Judaism was a big deal in Roman and Greek culture during the period of the New Testament. Religion seemed to be the center of many conflicts and separation between civilizations during this time. The birth of Jesus brought in a lot of controversies within Hellenistic cultures and therefore we see many influences of the new covenant in several of the sculptures and art work created by Greco-Roman artists. Going to the Getty Villa, I was able to find many connections between the collection of Greco-Roman antiquities—including the sculptures and even the general atmosphere of the museum—and the historicity of the New Testament.
Driving into the Getty Villa It is hard not to note the stone pavement which makes for a bumpy ride. This already gives off a Roman feel and makes you think about how back in the days of the New Testament, many people traveled on foot. For example, Paul—originally Saul of Tarsus—traveled a lot on foot to spread the words of Jesus of Nazareth. It’s interesting to visualize many of the apostles and also Jesus going around on the bumpy roads to deliver miracles and good news. Another thing the Getty seems to encapsulate is the vegetation that had some mention in the bible. Particularly in the gospel of Matthew, Jesus speaks a parable comparing the kingdom of heaven as a garden. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the…

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