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.
From the Publisher:
Know Jesus Better by Understanding What Shaped His World
Sometimes it’s hard to find your bearings in the New Testament, as you enter the time and place of Jesus and His disciples. There are confusing practices, new people groups, and even unexplained religious conflicts. How did it all come about?
Dr. William Marty walks you through the history leading up to the arrival of Jesus in order to help you better understand His life and teachings. He answers such questions as: • Why did "Israelites" start being called "Jews"? • What's a "synagogue" and what happened to worshiping in the temple? • Who were the Pharisees and why was Jesus so upset with them? • Why didn't anyone like the Samaritans? Get to know the times in which Jesus lived, so you'll better understand His teaching and ministry. And along the way, discover how God prepared the world for the One who would turn it upside down.
Paperback: Published May 2013, Suggested Retail Price $12.99, ISBN9780764210839, 192 pages
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