A knowledge of biblical backgrounds can enhance our understanding of the Bible. In this episode we look at the first century cultural practice of patronage and its implications for deepening our understanding of grace and other important New Testament concepts.

The books listed below are a good place to start for gaining an understanding of the cultural world of the 1st century.


Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity by David A. deSilva at Amazon USA / UK

The New Testament World by Bruce J. Malina at Amazon USA / UK