No one writing on religion or Biblical subjects today is quite as prolific, provocative, and informative as Prof. William Barclay of Trinity College, Glasgow. His thesis now is that there can be no correct understanding of the New Testament without an understanding of ancient education. ""Before we can understand the reaction of the Jewish and the Graeco-Roman world to that which Christianity brought to it, we must first understand what it brought to Christianity."" These lectures provide this understanding, and discuss the Jewish, Spartan, Athenian and Roman ideals and methods of education. They are mainly concerned with the education of the child. It all makes fascinating reading, and provides a unique contribution to the study of the sources of our earliest beginnings as Christians.