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During the time that the New Testament was written the Roman Empire had expanded. Jerusalem was occupied by the Romans. They brought a mixture of good and bad innovations. The roads had never been better, but there were brutal punishments including crucifixion.

The book in the New Testament usually known as Romans is a letter from St Paul – mentioned as Saul of Tarsus in my post about Gamaliel – to the Christians in Rome.

This book is the most thorough explanation of Paul’s understanding of the faith to which he had been an unlikely convert.

He expressed a desire to travel to Rome, which happened in a strange way. Because he was a Roman citizen, he was allowed privileges of status that most other Jews did not share. He travelled to Rome as a prisoner awaiting trial and spent much of the end of his life in prison or under house arrest. He wrote many letters, some of which have not survived for us to read.

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My R post from 2013 mentions Romans.