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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Great book! It is a very easy read and gives depth, background,

Great book! It is a very easy read and gives depth, background, and life to the biblical stories we are so used to hearing. It makes you connect or reconnect with Jesus. I also love the personal stories that Father James seemlessly integrates into the text. It makes ...
Great book! It is a very easy read and gives depth, background, and life to the biblical stories we are so used to hearing. It makes you connect or reconnect with Jesus. I also love the personal stories that Father James seemlessly integrates into the text. It makes the book interesting without taking away from the main focus of the text - Jesus.

posted by 5466333 on May 15, 2014

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

An inspirational look at the life of Jesus

Jesus asked, "Who do people say I am?" In his book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Father Martin explores the Holy Land and who Jesus was through the question, how was Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. He points out that looking at Jesus as a man is a stumbling block f...
Jesus asked, "Who do people say I am?" In his book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Father Martin explores the Holy Land and who Jesus was through the question, how was Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. He points out that looking at Jesus as a man is a stumbling block for many. Yet we need to see Jesus within the context of his time to fully understand all that Jesus was and what he said.
The author went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with George a close friend and fellow Jesuit. Together they drove to the various places Jesus went during his life and eventual death. Father Martin points out that ideally the trip would follow the sequence of events of Jesus life from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem. But to save time the more direct geographical route was chosen and Nazareth was in the middle of their pilgrimage.
The author gives a detailed personal description of the Holy Land, its people and history. They visited and a number of religious communities. Those they stayed with told stories about Jesus and help to put the life of Jesus into historical perspective. In particular, the family of Jesus is discussed and how they all fit into history. At various points in the narrative Father Martin discusses the way the Gospels are written with different audiences in mind. From this he paints a picture of the people of that land, at that time. Thus a historical perspective is achieved.
The book proceeds from place to place and event to event in the life of Jesus. A rich tapestry of detail about the people, places and situation is revealed. The author combines history with theology to show how they are related and flow from each other. If you like history and theology this detailed book will be of interest to you.

posted by iaijohn on May 2, 2014

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    An inspirational look at the life of Jesus

    Jesus asked, "Who do people say I am?" In his book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, Father Martin explores the Holy Land and who Jesus was through the question, how was Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. He points out that looking at Jesus as a man is a stumbling block for many. Yet we need to see Jesus within the context of his time to fully understand all that Jesus was and what he said.
    The author went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with George a close friend and fellow Jesuit. Together they drove to the various places Jesus went during his life and eventual death. Father Martin points out that ideally the trip would follow the sequence of events of Jesus life from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem. But to save time the more direct geographical route was chosen and Nazareth was in the middle of their pilgrimage.
    The author gives a detailed personal description of the Holy Land, its people and history. They visited and a number of religious communities. Those they stayed with told stories about Jesus and help to put the life of Jesus into historical perspective. In particular, the family of Jesus is discussed and how they all fit into history. At various points in the narrative Father Martin discusses the way the Gospels are written with different audiences in mind. From this he paints a picture of the people of that land, at that time. Thus a historical perspective is achieved.
    The book proceeds from place to place and event to event in the life of Jesus. A rich tapestry of detail about the people, places and situation is revealed. The author combines history with theology to show how they are related and flow from each other. If you like history and theology this detailed book will be of interest to you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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