Understanding Jesus: A Guide to His Life and times

Understanding Jesus: A Guide to His Life and times

by Stephen M. Miller


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He’s the most important person in human history—and Understanding Jesus: A Guide to His Life and Times makes His teaching and impact clearer than ever. More than any other Bible character, Jesus is the person both Christians and non-Christians admire and want to better understand. From Stephen M. Miller, author of the bestselling Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible, this black-and-white paperback reference details the life of Christ, His teachings, and the faith He introduced to the world. You’ll love Miller’s casual, easy-to-read journalistic style, as he sets the story in the Roman world where Jesus lived, adding new insights from archaeology and ancient history. Fascinating sidebars and a complete topical index round out this important book.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616269142
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen M. Miller is a seminary-educated journalist and bestselling freelance writer. His Who’s Who and Where’s Where in the Bible won the Retailer’s Choice Award as best nonfiction book of the year. The Bible: A History won best nonfiction book of the year in England.


Table of Contents

Behind the Story

1 Jesus in History (Time Line) 7

2 Jesus' Homeland 9

3 Restless Hope of the Jews: Freedom 13

4 Jesus' Family Tree 22

5 Mary and Joseph Engaged 30

The Story

6 Jesus is Born 35

7 Wise Men Come 44

8 Escape to Egypt 52

9 A Boy in Nazareth 57

10 Young Jesus at the Temple 65

11 Jesus Baptized 72

12 Jesus Tempted 79

13 Jesus Starts Teaching 85

14 Jesus Chooses 12 Disciples 91

15 Miracle 1: Water into Wine 99

16 Jesus Heals the Sick 104

17 Rejected in his Hometown 113

18 Jesus' Most Famous Sermon 118

19 The Lord's Prayer 130

20 Jesus on Fasting 136

21 Jesus and Disciples Break Sabbath Rules 142

22 Jesus' Favorite Teaching Method: Parables 149

23 Parable of a Farmer Planting Seeds 157

24 Parable of the Good Samaritan 162

25 Parable of the Lost Son 168

26 Parable of the Sheep and Goats 173

27 A Roman Soldier Asks Jesus for Help 178

28 Jesus Stops a Storm 183

29 Jesus Feeds 5,000 187

30 Jesus Shines at the Transfiguration 192

31 Jesus and the Tax Man Zacchaeus 196

32 The Secret of Eternal Life 200

33 Jesus Resurrects Lazarus 206

34 Jewish Leaders Plot to Kill Jesus 212

35 A Shady Lady Pours Perfume on Jesus 220

36 The First Palm Sunday 226

37 Signs of the End Times 231

38 The Last Supper 240

39 Jesus Prays One Last Prayer 247

40 Jesus Arrested 252

41 Jesus on Trial Before Pilate 259

42 Jesus Executed and Buried 265

43 Jesus Back from the Dead 273

44 Jesus' Assignment for his Followers 281

Beyond the Story

45 Jesus and the Second Coming 285

Index 292

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TamraH More than 1 year ago
I am so glad that I've been able to get a hold of resources from Stephen M Miller. Having his book, "Understanding Jesus," next to me as I read John helps the Bible to come alive. The Jesus of the ancient world is presented in fresh new ways for our modern times. I struggled to have a clear picture of the "real life" Jesus before reading this book. Now I have clarity and focus whilst reading the Bible. Thank you so much Stephen Miller for your commitment to the faith and your theological and journalistic integrity.