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The Jewish Roman World of Jesus contains several articles which explore the society into which Jesus was born and from which the Christian scriptures emerged. Some of the articles are quite academic in tone, others very approachable and easily understood.

A site which provides much background detail to New Testament times is A Portrait of Jesus’ World.

 Romans, Greeks, and Jews: The World of Jesus and the Disciples is useful because it explains how difficult it is to be free of twenty-first century preconceptions when reading the scriptures.