The background of this book—and a commentary also written by Mr. Rouse entitled Paul, the Passionate Scholar—was developed over a fifty-year period of research, teaching, and exploring the archeological remains of Rome and Greece. The research had begun after graduating from Bob Jones University in 1964, where Mr. Rouse majored in history and Greek with a minor in English. The extensive research concentrated on coursework at UCLA in preparation for two major visits to Italy and Greece.
In the mid 1980s he was admitted as a visiting scholar at the British Museum, where he conducted extensive research on Roman artifacts and took hundreds of photographs in the backrooms of the Museum.
In the last ten years, Mr. Rouse has designed and taught a new course on New Testament Greek, designed for lay students who are interested in the depth of the Greek meanings.