I had never thought about this topic before this morning. I was working with a book, Civitas: Religioius Interpretations of the City edited by Peter S. Hawkins. In the second chapter entitled Saint Paul of the Cities the author, Wayne A. Meeks wrote: There was then, and it continues to this day a prejudice among urban dwellers that manifests itself in a 'looking down' on rural folk as simple, not so smart, and unsophisticated. I do not share this view at all ... having grow up in a very rural area. The NT does not call for a new, beautiful countryside, but a New Jerusalem ... a city. Also the Israelites did not look forward to living in on new farms but in cities. How do you think this bias toward cities might have influenced the NT writers.