In the Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church  -     By: Paul L. Maier
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In the Fullness of Time: A Historian Looks at Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church

Kregel Publications / 1998 / Hardcover

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Now in one richly illustrated volume, Paul Maier's classic trilogy on the origins of Christianity takes the reader back to the first Christmas, the first Easter, and the first Christians. In this revised, updated, and expanded edition Dr. Maier's impressive research and brilliant insights correlate history, archaeology, and the New Testament to bring alive the true drama of earliest Christianity.

In "The First Christmas" Maier uses Roman history, Palestinian geography, Jewish Culture, and the most recent archaeological finds to uncover new and fascinating information about the time, the people, and the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Jesus. The accurately detailed background he creates brings a new perspective to a story too often obscured by tinsel, legend, and myth.

"The First Easter" focuses not only the Resurrection but also on those critical years and days preceding it--especially the week that forever changed the course of history. Here the nature of the conspiracy against Jesus is revealed, the politics behind the Crucifixion are unrabeled, and a historically reliable date is established for Good Friday. Maier vividly documents the Last Supper, the capture at Gethsemane, the trial before Pilate, and the process of crucifixion. He also provides important new evidence concerning the empty tomb and the actual events of that first Easter morning.

The unprecedented spread of Christianity across the Mediterranean world was sparked by extraordinary events in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. "The First Christians" fills in the little-known background of this festival and gives a vivid account of the phenomena that took place in the "upper room" in Jerusalem that day. The reader accompanies the apostles on their crucial missionary journeys; follows Paul ont he road to Damascus, Asia Minor, and Greece; is shipwrecked with him on Malta; and stands beside him at his trial before the notorious Roman Emperor.

This skillful narrative sheds a brilliant new light on the light of Jesus and the adventures of the courageous men and women who carried His message throughout a hostile empire. A host of magnificent color and black and white photographs recreate the world, the mood, the people, and the events with an immediacy that sweeps readers into the exciting first years of Christianity.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 365
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0825433290
ISBN-13: 9780825433290
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Maier's impressive research and brilliant insights correlate history, archaeology and the New Testament text in this classic trilogy on early Christianity. Full-color photographs and illustrations help recreate the world, the mood, the people and the events of the early years of faith.

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  1. enelson1304
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is very well researched.
    May 25, 2013
    enelson1304
    Kelso, Wa
    Age: 55-65
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    Quality: 5
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    This book has been well researched and written. There are footnotes, and documentation along with many color images.

    Mr. Maier is an excellent author. I have since purchased one of his fictions books from Christianbook.com and find it to be a pleasant read.
  2. rt23306
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very captivating book.
    May 27, 2011
    rt23306
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    Quality: 5
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    An intriguing book, which reads as if watching a movie on the events. I plan to make "The First Christmas" chapters a part of my readings for the Advent and Christmas seasons for years to come!
  3. Paul C. Merkley
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 14, 2008
    Paul C. Merkley
    Paul Maier is widely-admired as a scholar in the history and the literary legacy of the Biblical world. He knows exactly what an historical argument is and what a literary argument and what archeological proof is. He knows that the reliability of Scripture is never at risk where reason and historical method are unimpeded. He is acquainted with everything that has been brought to light by scholars in these fields in recent decades -- concentrating on the most recent astonishing discoveries -- and he brings all this to bear in a deft and engaging way. This would make an excellent text for small-group Bible studies. It is generously illustrated. Paul C. Merkley. Professor of History, Emeritus, Carleton University, Ottawa.
  4. John Otte
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 30, 2002
    John Otte
    I keep on reviewing Dr. Maier's works, and I keep giving him 5 out of 5, because he deserves it each time. This book is truly awesome. It helps you understand the historical and cultural underpinnings of the first Christmas, Easter, and the Early Church. A must have for every serious Bible student!
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