|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Nov 2012|
|Number of Pages:||367|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||3.82|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||9.39 x 1.18 x 11.15|
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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“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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