How did Jesus meet, or fail to meet, Jewish expectations of the Messiah? Explain the Roman opposition to Jesus and his early followers.

Directions:
You will answer five questions total.
You must answer at least two questions from each group.
So you may answer three questions from Group A and two questions from Group B. Or you may answer two questions from Group A and three questions from Group B.
For each answer, make sure to make it very clear the Group letter and Question number to which you are responding.
For each answer, make sure to include citations with page numbers, and examples when possible.
Group A (from the Backman book)
1) In what ways was the Roman Empire beneficial to people within its borders? And in what ways was it oppressive? What strategies did the Romans use to govern their enormous provinces?
2) How did Jesus meet, or fail to meet, Jewish expectations of the Messiah? Explain the Roman opposition to Jesus and his early followers.
3) What problems did the early disciples encounter in spreading Jesus’ message? What was the appeal of Paganism to the Romans?
Group B (from the Rea book)
1) What was life like for slaves at this time? Provide examples. When the narrative suddenly shifts to Felicity, what role does she, as a pregnant woman, play in this narrative?
2) Why won’t Perpetua sacrifice to the emperor? How does the example of Perpetua fit within the general historical context of this era? Why does she decide to leave her young son behind?
3) What emotions does the crowd in the Passio show at each event? How does the historical and/or religious context explain these emotions?