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Posted August 18, 2013
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.
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Posted December 29, 2013
A bit slow in rhe begining. You may choose to skim the introduction,as i did. But do not give up---it eventually gets much more interesting when it really gets into the topic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2013
One of the best way to interpret the Bible is to ask what did the people who first heard the message hear when the message was read to them be it in the synagogue or in their household? What the people hear at that time is probably the intended message for us today. For us to grasp what the original listeners heard we need to understand what was the setting at the time the message was given. Dr. William H. Marty, in 185 pages helps us to understand the setting of the world at the time Jesus Christ came to earth and become our Savior. I can go on and on to describe the importance of understanding the people and places of Jesus' time but I will leave a Bible scholar to do that.
In the book, Dr. Marty discusses five periods that can help us understand the times of Jesus. The periods are; the Persian, Greek, Maccabean, Hasmonean, Roman and finally the early church and Herodians. Each time period had events that crafted the culture, politics, economy and social life of the Jews in the time of Jesus. Dr. Marty sets out to show us what really happened in those periods. In this wonderful work, Dr. Marty aptly shows us how the time periods were simply a preparation for Christ to come hence, scripture are awash with statement that Jesus was born at the right time.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about studying the Bible. This book clearly helps understand 'The World of Jesus'. As I always say, there is no replacement for the Holy Spirit in you as the ultimate Bible interpretation guide. This book helps you not to be swayed by false teachings and help you understanding the teachings of Jesus.
PS: I did not purchase this book. I received it free of charge from Bethany House so that I could review it.
Posted July 15, 2013
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.
Posted June 30, 2013
The World of Jesus is an excellent book. It is the type of book that connects the dots for the student interested in learning more about the cultural, political, and spiritual climate associated with Jesus. I appreciated the simplicity of the content presented by the author, as well as the suggested considerations for further study. After reading this book, I can unwaveringly say that I will be adding a hard copy to my personal library. I think it serves as a good starting point for Bible study.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted June 14, 2013
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.
Posted June 10, 2013
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.**
Posted May 23, 2013
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. If you like history and are Christian, you'll enjoy the book The World of Jesus: Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus' Day. My husband and I enjoy history in context, making connections between different things, and this book was well worth reading from a historical standpoint. The author provides well-researched context for the Biblical events in the New Testament, making connections between historical and religious events. It's not too academic, though - it's really accessible, even for people who aren't interested in taking a really deep look, but just want a general understanding of the world in which Jesus lived.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.