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The Lost Letters of Pergamum

A Story from the New Testament World
Narrated by: Troy Duran
Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
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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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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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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.

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  • Tim Titolo
  • 22-03-2019

Pergamum

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-07-2018

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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  • Sarah M. Fravel
  • 13-04-2018

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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  • Bryan H.
  • 05-04-2018

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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  • Top seller
  • 06-04-2017

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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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  • Sam M (S-Vortex)
  • 02-10-2016

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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  • VAPEDS
  • 06-09-2020

Amazing book for those who enjoy the gospel and letters

This has been one of my favorite books. If you enjoy the Bible and love the history of the first churches this is a great book. I believe this book is more enjoyable listening, the performance of the readers was thoroughly engaging.

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  • Ron Johns Jr
  • 10-07-2020

Unique insight into the New Testament World

Before Bible scholars can accurately describe the social and cultural influences on a text they must first read primary sources found close to the time and place of the writing. What sometimes comes out of their study are prosaic descriptions of facts they have mined. Hopefully those facts illuminate difficult to understand ideas in the Bible. With unique style Bruce Longnecker and Troy Duran have brought to life painstaking research of early Common Era Roman culture. By writing imagined letters in the name of Biblical characters and then reading them to us Longnecker and Duran create primary source voices to benefit contemporary Bible students. Please do not teach another class on Revelation or for that matter 1 Peter until you have digested this book.

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  • Joe G.
  • 30-06-2020

excellent historical fiction set in biblical times

This book is historical fiction presented as a set of letters between Antipas and others, including Luke, as Antipas reads Luke's first volume and learns about Christianity. It's a great way to learn what life was like in the early church and Roman empire of Domitian.

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  • Kingdom Knight
  • 29-06-2020

Amazing Window to the First Century

I love how the 1st century worldview of the New Testament is presented in a narrarive recreation. It gives me a glimpse and insight of the early christians.

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  • David Ottaway
  • 27-08-2020

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.