Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader’s Digest Association, c1990.
317 p. : ill.
This is a very good book for the student of faith who seeks a more thorough understanding of what life was like during the time that Jesus lived in the
flesh on earth. Rich with photographs, drawings and maps, this book is a visual treat as well as providing much insight through the text.
The book begins with the significance of the expectation of a Messiah and his birth in Bethlehem. Then the political intrigue of the day is presented, especially a history of Herod the Great and the Roman Empire. The daily life of a typical Jew is then presented, how a person lived, what they did, what they ate, and how they raised their families. Jerusalem has a chapter dedicated to itself, with emphasis on the Temple that King Herod built for the Jews. The middle chapters deal with education, trade, travel, and religious conflicts of the time. Finally, the last two chapters explain the mision of the Messiah and how the gospel of his teachings spread after his death and resurrection.