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In the Footsteps of Jesus: A Chronicle of His Life and the Origins of Christianity

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“Stunning illustrations, photographs, and maps…a vivid and thorough picture of the life and times of Jesus.” –War Cry (the Salvation Army's biweekly magazine)

The Gospels of the New Testament describe the life of Jesus of Nazareth, from his birth in Bethlehem and his travels through Galilee, to his trial and death in Jerusalem. In the Footsteps of Jesus goes even deeper into the story of Jesus' life by following his path through the Holy Land on richly detailed maps and bringing each pivotal place ...

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Overview

“Stunning illustrations, photographs, and maps…a vivid and thorough picture of the life and times of Jesus.” –War Cry (the Salvation Army's biweekly magazine)

The Gospels of the New Testament describe the life of Jesus of Nazareth, from his birth in Bethlehem and his travels through Galilee, to his trial and death in Jerusalem. In the Footsteps of Jesus goes even deeper into the story of Jesus' life by following his path through the Holy Land on richly detailed maps and bringing each pivotal place to life through the latest archaeological and historical discoveries. Breathtaking photography and unique period artifacts complement fascinating text and specially created maps by National Geographic cartographers.

In the Footsteps of Jesus not only illustrates the stories of Jesus's life, but also the characters and events that shaped his journey and ultimately made him one of the most famous figures the world has ever known. This compelling and beautiful book traces Jesus's path from Bethlehem to Nazareth; throughout his "mission triangle" of Lower Galilee and into the Decapolis; and ultimately on his journey to Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane and Golgotha.

Expertly crafted text describes what is known and speculated about Jesus's youth, life and work, while showing the larger events that combined to shape the world in which He lived. Both the text and sidebars describe the places in Jesus' world that can still be experienced by visitors, as well as key sites that have since disappeared but can be reconstructed by forensic means; what life was like in an agricultural society in 1st century Lower Galilee before the Jewish War; the omnipresent tension between Greco-Roman urban lifestyles and observant Jewish communities, which because of its geographic location was particularly acute in Lower Galilee; the devastating impact of Herodian tax regimes and subsequent Roman census-based taxation in Lower Galilee, and the wholesale displacement of the Jewish peasantry; modern religious practices that can be traced to Jesus' teaching and experiences, and other compelling historical figures of the era. Captivating elements include quotes attributed to Jesus; historical data derived from Jewish sources such as the Mishnah, and Roman sources such as Josephus; census data and other documents; key facts, and insightful main text. Newcomers to biblical history as well as the devoted will find this an invaluable reference and a gorgeous book for the home library.

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“Takes readers on a visual journey with Jesus, presenting concepts of faith, history, archeology, and geography, in a gift format for history lovers and faithful alike.” Publisher’s Weekly

“The location photography, artwork, ancient artifacts, and scores of specially commissioned maps would help anyone comprehend Jesus as a dynamic teacher, leader, and man.” Christian Science Sentinel

“This worthy book could be read alongside the Gospels or could stand alone as a historical work.”
–Bookpage
 
“Offers a fresh and often moving encounter with a fully realized human being; a social and spiritual activist who still resonates with the great issues of our day.” –Santa Barbara Independent

“Stunning illustrations, photographs, and maps…a vivid and thorough picture of the life and times of Jesus.” War Cry (the Salvation Army's biweekly magazine)

"Part coffee-table book and part reference work, this title offers plenty of illustrations...and a plethora of interesting facts." –Library Journal

"A good read, it arrives just in time for giving as a gift this Christmas." –St. Anthony Messenger 

Library Journal
Providing background and context to the life of Jesus and early Christianity, Isbouts (media psychology and media studies, The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas), who is also a documentary filmmaker for television, has penned another solid work for National Geographic. Stating that "the purpose of this book is to reconstruct the unique historical, social, and cultural condition of Jesus' time," he proceeds to do just that, using new archaeological findings and thorough research. Although this is not an academic work, Isbouts offers scholarly information in a language the average person can understand. The first part of the book deals with the world Jesus was born into; following that is a description of his life from childhood to death, then the author covers Jesus's legacy from the birth of Christianity until the Crusades. Part coffee-table book and part reference work, this title offers plenty of illustrations (although some are of disappointing quality) and a plethora of interesting facts. VERDICT Of interest to anyone who enjoys accessible studies of the life of Jesus, this is a sound addition for religion collections in high school and public libraries.—Holly Hebert, Brentwood P.L., TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426209871
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 612
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS completed his doctoral program on archaeology and art at the University of Leyden, and is currently Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to From Moses to Muhammad, he is also the writer of four television programs that explore the legacy of the Bible, including the Hallmark television mini-series The Quest For Peace, which won the 2005 Gold Aurora Award and the 2005 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS is a remarkable book. It is a very wel

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS is a remarkable book. It is a very well researched account of the life of Jesus, the geography, people, and politics of the region of the Middle East that He preached in. It is put in the context of the times that He lived. The writing is easy to follow, the story is fascinating, and the maps and photographs are amazing. This is not just a coffee-table book; it is a requisite for any Christian library.

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