A.D. 33: The Year That Changed the World   -     By: Colin Duriez
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A.D. 33: The Year That Changed the World

Inter-Varsity Press / 2007 / Hardcover

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What was humankind like in the year of Jesus' death? What's the history that lies behind the Gospel texts? Supplemented by maps, charts, timelines, fictional vignettes, and character studies, this accessible resource paints a vivid portrait of the world that saw the inauguration of Christianity---from Jerusalem and Rome to China and beyond. 256 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 083083396X
ISBN-13: 9780830833962
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At times, a novel can be found that is as informative as nonfiction, or a biography that is as exciting as an adventure tale. Colin Duriez’s AD 33: The Year that Changed the World is both. Part history, part biography, and part well-crafted story, it offers a summary of Christianity’s beginning years that can both teach and entertain.
Though Duriez has a distinctive Christian perspective, the pagan and Jewish events of the era take up fully two-thirds of the book. The opening segment is of Rome, with its sometimes violent politics and strong rivalries. Rome is the setting for the events of that momentous year. The shift from Rome to the Jewish element in it and to Jerusalem is natural, as is the shift from Jerusalem to the Jewish carpenter who would be crucified there. The shifting continues throughout the book, so that the various elements stay contemporary in the reader’s mind. From the beginning of the story in AD 32 to the end years later, it is interesting and thought-provoking. The explanation of chronology in the final pages is very helpful as a resource for those less familiar with ancient times. Duriez uses a vast store of knowledge from Scripture, Jewish histories, and Roman histories to weave the picture of Jesus’ last year on earth.
The amount of research and knowledge contributing to AD 33 is impressive. Duriez draws regularly and openly from the Gospels, from Jewish historian Josephus, and from Roman sources such as Seutonius. Every assertion made has sources from which it was gathered; yet the ease with which he presents them suggests good familiarity with the subject matter and skill with language. The sections of narrative interspersed throughout the text are especially interesting.
Admittedly, this is not a light book for any but the most serious of historians. It is, however, full of facts and details, and is written in a compelling way. Christians should know the importance of Jesus’ place in history, and those skeptical of Christianity can learn in AD 33 just how much history there is with Jesus in it. – Linette E. Yoder, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. Pensacola, Florida
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    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Poor sunday school resource
    July 12, 2013
    Bill
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    Gender: male
    Quality: 2
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    Meets Expectations: 1
    The content of the book was apparently not for sunday school material.
  2. CT
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    Jumbled history.
    November 16, 2012
    Dann
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    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Provides some information about contemporary historical figures, but presentation jumps around. Seems like a disjointed collection of separate chapters.
  3. Hebron, KY
    Age: 45-54
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Very Good Read
    June 16, 2012
    Timothy Mitchell
    Hebron, KY
    Age: 45-54
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    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was a very good book. Like the other reviewers, I enjoyed the historical context brought out in "A. D. 33." There is a lot of documentation via the endnotes to support the writer's chronology and interpretation of the events.

    I was bothered a little bit by a few of the printing mistakes here and there. Occasionally, I came across a sentence such as the one with an extra "to" in it. More than that, some of the endnotes were misnumbered, particularly in chapter 5 entitled "Darkness at Noon." Endnote number "16" is erroneously numbered "26" in the chapter itself. In addition, the endnotes throughout that chapter are off by one. You would think that this was rushed to press without proper proofreading.

    Still, I greatly enjoyed reading this book and it has prompted me to do some more research regarding this time period. It is well-written, well-documented, and interesting and easy to read.
  4. Age: Over 65
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    August 3, 2011
    Peggy Muth
    Age: Over 65
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a teacher I am always interested in the background information concerning the first century and this book was very well done in an easy to understand style. I felt i learned much about Rome and its politics.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Increases understanding of the New Testament
    October 3, 2010
    Ruth Gervat
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    The New Testament events occurred with real people in real political and cultural times. If you want to gain a much deeper understanding of those events, this book will really help. And thus it will increase your understanding of how to apply the teaching of Jesus in 30 AD to 2010.

    I love the Bible and I love history, so this was a great read for me.
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