This historical novel promotes understanding of the political, social and religious background of Jesus' ministry, death and reported resurrection, and it describes the forces at play in the Jewish and Roman world that would lead to the conviction and execution of this founder of the Christian church.
This book is interesting in that it is from the view of the life of Pontius Pilate which provides the environment that existed in the Roman world during the crucification of Christ. It makes you feel as though you are living in that era. I felt as though I was looking around and seeing the politics of the Roman and Jewish worlds.
As Professor Maier puts it we have the bricks of the gospels but what we lack is the cohesive mortar to put it all in context. This book without doubt does just that and is a must read for every Christian. I would call it a companion to the New Testement. The case concerning Pilate is carefully and painstakenly built to encompass all the facts and how they most likely played out. You will love this book!