The answer to this question reveals a fascinating social exchange that first surrounded education levels in antiquity, and proceeded to make its way into the New Testament. This volume provides context for pagan education as opposed to early Christian illiteracy ? touching upon the methods of ancient learning and the relationship between Christian and pagan schools ? and analyses the 'uneducated virtue' of the Apostles. Hilton provides a useful window onto the social construction of ancient education and ushers readers into the everyday experience of ancient Christians, and those who disdained and defended them.
Part One ? Why Were Christians Criticized?
A Social Description of Ancient Education
A Case Study in Ancient Attitudes: The Christians and the Schools
Part Two ? An Early Christian Answer
The Social Dynamics of Courageous Speech (Parrhesia)
The Education of the Apostles
Conclusion: Love Across Lines