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The Flames of Rome: A Novel [Hardcover]

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Pages   456
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 5.74" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 1991
Publisher   Kregel Publications
ISBN  0825432626  
EAN  9780825432620  

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The sensuality and excesses of first -century Rome, the treacherous and deadly ploys of imperial politics, the shocking persecution of the early Christians by a power-mad emperor-The Flames of Rome presents the sensational and searing story of pagans at their worst and Christians at their best. Paul L. Maier faithfully reconstructs the dramatic conflicts preceding and following the Great Fire of Rome in A.D. 64 through the experience of a family of Roman nobility caught in the political and religious clashes of the world's capital. The family of Flavius Sabinus, mayor of Rome under Nero, was among the first crucial converts to Christianity, and this novel recounts the "rest of the story" following the book of Acts.

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The splendor and pagan excesses of Roman society are confronted by the life-changing faith of Christianity in this historically accurate fiction work.

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More About Paul L. Maier

Paul L. Maier Dr. Paul L. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works. His novels include two historical documentaries — Pontius Pilate and The Flames of Rome — as well as A Skeleton in God’s Closet, a theological thriller that became a #1 national bestseller in religious fiction when it first released. Sequels, More than a Skeleton and The Constantine Codex, followed in 2003 and 2011.

His nonfiction works include In the Fullness of Time, a book that correlates sacred with secular evidence from the ancient world impinging on Jesus and early Christianity; Josephus: The Essential Works, a new translation / commentary on writings of the first-century Jewish historian; and Eusebius: The Church History, a similar book on the first Christian historian. More than five million of Maier’s books are now in print in twenty languages, as well as over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

Dr. Maier lectures widely, appears frequently on national radio, television, and newspaper interviews, and has received numerous awards. He has also penned seven children’s books and hosted six video seminars dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, the early church, and current Christianity.

Paul L. Maier lived in the state of Michigan. Paul L. Maier was born in 1662 and died in 1752.

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A book you won't want to put down  Mar 7, 2008
A coworker recommended this book to me. I had a lot of free time on my hands, and this book certainly made those hours fly by. I could not put this book down... I think I finished it in 2 days. Maier is a truly brilliant author. The story moves at a good pace, the reader won't get lost in a jumble of descriptive language. Maier does a wonderful job of mixing well-known New Testament characters with relatively unknown historical figures, all of whom had an impact on the shaping of the early church. I have never become so emotionally involved with a novel, this is not a book to pass by!
The Joy of Giving  Jan 13, 2008
It has been a while since my wife and I last read this work, and we have read other of the author's works in historical fiction, history, etc. The great joy we had was recently giving it to a young man, well young compared to myself, who is an intelligent fellow. To have him say that, "I couldn't put it down until I finished it" was a joy in itself. Despite the number of books I have to read, I may still try to find time to read this one again.
Two Fires...  Dec 14, 2007
Paul L. Maier has written a very enjoyable book on Nero's Reign and early Christianity. Although I was already familiar with many of the characters, Maier was still able to keep the story surprisingly fresh. He was able to create a detailed work without being bogged down in the details. "The Flames of Rome" has a wide variety of historical characters ranging from military officers, to poisoners, to Apostles, to a tyrannical emperor. The Great Fire of 64 A.D. and the persecution of Christians were very well done. I agree with another reviwer that the author did an excellent job at his depictions of the villains (both male and female). Their attempts to eliminate each other helped add suspense (even when one already knows the outcome). Although the book is over 4oo pages, it is surprisingly fast reading. Overall, Maier wrote a very enjoyable novel.
Can you go wrong with a Maier book?  Sep 27, 2007
No spoilers

What more can I say than that. If you've read any other Maier books and enjoyed them, then I promise you will enjoy this one. Before this I read A Skeleton in God's Closet and More Than a Skeleton and loved both of them. Maier is great at combining documented historical accuracies with his own genius plot twists; Flames of Rome is no different. He gives you all the facts relating to the migration of Christianity to first century C.E. Rome, while also throwing in enough of his own storyline to draw you in and force you to keep turning the pages.

The bottom line is if you've read Maier and liked it in the past, nothing will change there. If you haven' read him, pick this, or any other of his books up and enjoy some great historical fiction/documentary.
Excellent Book  Jul 12, 2007
Thoroughly enjoyed Flames of Rome. I recommend it for anyone interested in gaining a clearer understanding of first century Rome or early Christianity.

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