In Stone and Story

Early Christianity in the Roman World


Chapter 2: Fire in Bones

Discussion Questions

  1. What was your reaction to the various stages in the story about Zmyrina? What adjectives would you use to characterize her and Asellina, based on their actions and their context?
  2. Discuss how status is measured in settings that you are familiar with today? Are there especially significant physical indicators that people flaunt in order to broadcast their status (or reach for a higher status)? How might the first-century world compare to and contrast with the twenty-first-century world?