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World of Jesus, The: Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus' Day

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

    When I first read, "The World of Jesus", I wasn't sure

    When I first read, "The World of Jesus", I wasn't sure what to expect, after all, if we read the Bible, wouldn't we already know His world, but as I begin the journey through the book, I was impressed, how this helps brings into the spotlight, an understanding of the times and cultural mores, that Jesus and not only just Him, but the backdrop that the Bible was written.
    Setting in the four hundred year time period, between the Old Testament and the New Testament, Dr.Marty really brings, though sometimes not an easy read, still enough on layman terms, biblical history,that covers everything from something as not often covered as who the Samaritans were, to the political conflicts that were engaging at the time that really helps bring a deeper understanding of the time up to Christ walking and ministering as He did and the still relevance of the Bible to today's world.
    Filled with scripture and focusing on familiar (as well as not familiar) bible stories, I found this to be a really great addition to any Christian's library, seeking to deepen their understanding and their faith as a Christian.
    As I finished, "The World of Jesus", I felt that this was just too important book not just for reference but for a deeper understanding of what made the Bible what it is and how important it is that even to this day, the meaning of Jesus and what He is.
    Readers too, get a deeper understanding of the complex political and spiritual climax that was happening at the time and as I finished the book, I realized how much a gem that is this book.
    The writing isn't scholarly that will find the reader unable to keep pace, nor is the writing, over one's head, but instead answers the little questions about the history and world that Jesus lived in, while answering simple little questions such as really how does a Pharisee or Sadducee differ and why they were addressed in the Bible like they were.
    Christians, new, maturing and matured, will enjoy this history rich book and find it a valuable addition in their libraries.
    It doubles as both a reference book and it will reinforced one's faith.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    I've known since I was a child that the Bible is history. Even

    I've known since I was a child that the Bible is history. Even before I was saved, I knew it was history; but, for me, it was just a bunch of stories floating out there somewhere in ancient times past. It didn't really fit into the rest of world history to me. I've studied Rome and ancient Greece with my children; but, Jewish and Christian history wasn't included.

    I've been reading and listening to the Bible a lot lately. I've found that the more time I spend in the Word, even just listening, the more it comes together in my mind in one cohesive unit. The more I read, the more I understand, the more I want to read. Funny sentence, but true. I understand more than ever before. Still, there were questions in my mind. You know, questions like, "What happened between the Old and New Testaments? "Why are the Israelites called Jews now?" "Who were the Pharisees and Sadducees?" "Why did they hate Jesus?"


    I've found answers in this little book by Dr. William H. Marty, The World of Jesus, Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus' Day. Dr. Marty is a professor at Moody Bible Institute. He integrated political history, religious history, and Jewish laws and customs to reveal the setting into which Jesus was born. This is a complex subject, but Dr. Marty has given an excellent overview that is not too complicated for this gentile woman to grasp. ~smile~
    I am so glad I found this book. I look forward to sharing it with my children during their high school years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Take That Skeptics!

    Anyone seriously interested in the birth of Christianity ought to read this book. Stay away from the Televangelists and street corner preachers and read this book for a real treat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    I received a copy of THE WORLD OF JESUS from Bethany House in ex

    I received a copy of THE WORLD OF JESUS from Bethany House in exchange for an unbiased review.

    Dr. Marty presents research and study regarding the time lapse between the Old Testament and New Testament in this short, easy-to-read book. Although this is not a light read, there are digestible sections for the person on the go.

    While describing the events leading up to Jesus the Messiah, WORLD OF JESUS also contains snippets such as where Samaritans and other peoples originated, and a deeper understanding of the world so different from our own. Oftentimes jumping from what feels like ancient history to Jesus’ day is akin to jumping through time from the present day to some distant future where we can teleport and drive flying cars. It helps to have some idea of the events in between that transpired and allowed for the perfect timing. Dr. Marty makes history accessible.

    Follow the Jews on their journey from captivity in Babylon, through the Roman Empire, coming into the New Testament days. This context allowed me to better understand the protective hand God had over his chosen people, as well as many references in the Bible specific to the culture of the times.

    I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of biblical culture. WORLD OF JESUS is certainly not a ‘new Christian’ read, but will definitely benefit those seeking further knowledge of what shaped the Bible’s vastly different world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    I have been a Christian for nearly twenty years. In spite of the

    I have been a Christian for nearly twenty years. In spite of the many sermons, teachings, readings, and viewing expounding on the Bible, I still have never quite had a grasp on the culture that Jesus lived in. I’ve never fully understood exactly what a Pharisee or Sadducee was. Who were Herod and Pilate and which one had more power? Who were the Samaritans, really, and why didn’t the Jews like them?

    This incredible little book by William H. Marty, published by Bethany House Publishers, answers those questions and many more. The World of Jesus give the rich and often disturbing history of the Jewish nation during the “400 silent years” between the end of Malachi and the beginning of Matthew, then through to the final destruction of the Temple by the Romans in AD 70. While The World of Jesus answers many of those nagging little questions that I have while reading the Bible, it also provides the setting for the battles that the Jews faced as they risked cultural extinction from first the Babylonians, then the Persians, Greeks, and Romans.

    Marty weaves the history of the Jews, from their captivity in Babylon through the total Roman rule, into the stories of the New Testament. This intertwining of the time periods sheds light on some of the more difficult passages of scripture. For example, I myself never understood Jesus’ reference, when dictating a message to be sent to Herod Antipas, to a prophet not being allowed to die outside of Jerusalem. Marty explains that the reference is from Herod the Great’s (Antipas’ father)execution of a Jew without the Sanhedrin’s approval.

    The only thing that could have made this little book better would have been a few charts and maps to further help manage the incredible amount of information. Especially while dealing with the jumbled mess that was the Herodian era, I could have used family charts.

    I give The World of Jesus five stars. It truly has opened my eyes to the cultural war that the Jews fought during the “Four Hundred Years of Silence” and how God allowed events to transpire in order to prepare the world for His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

    **I received a copy of The World of Jesus by William H. Marty from Bethany House Publishers for free in return for an honest review. My thoughts are my own.**

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