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Reader's Digest
  • Hardback book
  • Over 335 pages
  • Copyright © 1987 The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

" Experience the everyday life in the bustling world that Jesus knew,
and visit its holy places. "

" Relive stirring times of conquest and compassion, ardent faith and clashing creeds. "

" Understand customs and ways of New Testament times. "

" Meet kings and zealots, sinners and betrayers, Mary and Joseph,
John the Baptist, the first disciples, the followers of the Way. "

" Accompany the Apostles as they spread the Word. "

" Emerge with a deeper appreciation of the man, his message,
and the enduring religion he inspired. "

Contents includes:

" Introduction: Jesus and the Four Gospels

The Birth of the Savior
The ageless story of Jesus' birth begins with the census
that brought Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem.
The visit of the Wise Men from the East aroused the jealousy
of King Herod, who feared a rival king.
Portfolio: The events surrounding Jesus' birth in art.

A Troubled Land
In the 2,000 years from the time of Abraham to King Herod the Great,
the Holy Land experienced periods of triumph and strife,
of independence and subjugation to foreign rule.
At the time of Jesus, Palestine was part of the huge Roman Empire.

Classes and Masses
Through his vast building programs and his friendship with
Rome's rulers, Herod changed the look of cities, and erected
fortresses and strongholds.
Artisans and builders became a new and powerful class,
the laborers the new poor.

Village Life
Life in small towns followed ancient patterns.
The seasons dictated the rituals and rites of daily life.
Farmers and their families adhered to age-old traditions as fathers
and mothers passed on their skills and heritage to their children.

Jerusalem, the Holy City
The symbol and seat of Judaism from the time of King David was Jerusalem.
Over the centuries, this hilltop settlement became a cosmopolitan city
with palaces and fortresses, dominated by the magnificent Temple built
by Herod on the Temple Mount.

The Life of the Mind
Teachers occupied a special place in the community, for they
preserved learning and passed it on to the young.
Knowledge of religion and the law and adherence to
their precepts were the foundation of society.

Trade and Travel
The lands bordering the Mediterranean carried on a vigorous trade
both in staples and luxury items.
The sea routes were the channels by which new ideas
were spread from place to place.

Religious Conflict
Many sects, the Pharisees and the Sadducees among them,
argued fine points of the law and vied for power.
Religious leaders like John the Baptist roused the people
by proclaiming the coming of the Savior.

The Mission of the Messiah
Although his ministry lasted but a few short years,
Jesus' influence was profound.
The story of those years begins with the temptation in the desert
and ends with his death and resurrection.
Portfolio: Jesus' life and death in art.

Spread of the Gospel
Upon Jesus' death, his message was carried throughout the Holy Land
and beyond by the Apostle Paul and others.
Christianity became a new force in the Roman Empire.

Places in Bible Times
Biblical Citations

This is a previously owned church library book which is in very nice condition with minor wear.
No torn or ripped pages except a very small tear along the binding edge at the back inside cover.
There are a few church name and address stamps and there was a pocket on the first blank page that was removed and left a mark.

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