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Posted March 31, 2009
This book is extremely creative in how the vast range of information is laid out for the reader. I felt I was able to follow the text very easily and was able to retain the information very well due to the creative writing and great use of many awesome pictures, illustrations, and maps. You will not get bored reading this book! It feels similar to reading your favorite National Geographic type magazine.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I am a young campus minister and have highly recommended "The Jesus of the Bible" and also "The Complete Guide to the Bible" to our students, fellow colleagues, friends, and family. This book is for the young and the old, the non-believer and believer. To parents out there, I highly recommend you check this book out for both you and your teenagers to read. I guarantee it will hold everyone's interest and attention and spark new conversations that start with, "I didn't know that..." or "Did you know that...!?"
This book is a must read for those wanting background history, information and opinions from yesterday and today's scholar's, and an in-depth/easy to follow journey through the life of Christ.
Posted March 29, 2009
Well-crafted like a Pixar movie
A beautifully written and illustrated book for beginners but I have been reading the Bible for fifty years and love it! Charts of facts that the reader wants to know such as what was going on in the world during certain Biblical events. Juicy tidbits such as: Antiochus IV boiled seven Jewish brothers and the fact that Herod the Greats' Temple area was as large as 27 football fields including the end zones. Best of all, Stephen Miller writes with humor and keeps the reader engaged throughout heady discussions that are made simple without being simplistic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2009
Stephen Miller's "Jesus of the Bible" is, like his "Who's Who and Where's Where in the Bible", a meticulously researched and deeply detailed study of a fascinating subject. Stephen doesn't just tell the story of Jesus chronologically. He paints a picture of Jesus' life in amazing detail - not simply telling the chronological story, but offering the geographical, cultural, historical and theological context for each and every event.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Jesus' first miracle, at the wedding feast at Cana, for instance, includes not just a recounting of the event but a description of first century Jewish wedding traditions and the marriage contract, a discussion of the cultural importance of wine at a reception, an illustration of how wine was made at the time and a discussion of the significance of the miracle itself - as well as speculation as to why Jesus would begin his ministry with such a frivolous task.
Stephen doesn't just tell us what each gospel says, but why each gospel says what it says and why it says it so uniquely. We also learn of possible astrological explanations for the Star of Bethlehem and what the places, the land and the people were like at the time. (I was surprised to learn that the little town of Bethlehem had a population, at the time of Jesus' birth, of only about 150 people - and that Herod's massacre of the children under the age of two likely resulted in the deaths of only a dozen babies.) We even get, in chilling detail, a medical description of how death occurs by crucifixion. It's a unique way to look at stories we've heard many times before, stories which have rarely been presented in such detail or told with such an eye toward their historical and cultural context.
The story of Jesus' life is about real people in a real place and time, and Stephen's fascinating book makes this story all the more real.
Posted March 12, 2009
Jesus, know him like never before. Be a doubting Thomas no more!!!
I read The Complete Guide to the Bible and found it to be the best study book on the Bible I had found. I was excited to see that Stephen Miller was giving us another book. This one, The Jesus of the Bible, exceeds all my expectations of what a book about getting to know Jesus should be. I must say from the first page I felt like I was walking alongside Jesus as he traveled his homeland. From the historical data of the times to the pictures that take you on the journey of Jesus' life, this one book draws you into knowing Jesus as savior. I recommend that the non-believer, the believer or anyone in between in their beliefs purchase this book to simply walk a mile in His shoes! Another 5 star read from Stephen M. Miller.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.