Bible crossword puzzle: The world of the New Testament

Based on material in chapter 18, Discovering the Bible by Alex Varughese

Challenge: Can you solve this puzzle even if you do not have the book by Varughese?

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"I found this fun, and I learned while doing it." -- Joshua H., Nazarene Bible College student



This crossword puzzle was created for use in the course Introduction to Biblical Literature. The words and clues come from the textbook Discovering the Bible: Story and Faith of the Biblical Communities edited by Alex Varughese and published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, now called The Foundry.

    -- Howard Culbertson,


The world of the New Testament is a tapestry woven with diverse cultures, religions, and political landscapes. Set in the Mediterranean basin during the first century AD, it encompasses the bustling cities of Rome, Jerusalem, and Alexandria, as well as the quieter villages and towns dotting the landscape. It is a time of significant political upheaval, with the Roman Empire dominating much of the known world, while local rulers and religious leaders wield influence in their respective regions. For most of the original readers of the New Testament books, Judaism served as predominant religious framework, with its various sects and interpretations shaping daily life for many. With this backdrop, a new movement emerges, centered around the teachings of Jesus Christ. It sptead rapidly across Mediterranean basin, challenging existing power structures and offering hope to the oppressed and marginalized.

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