Initally I was quite enthuastic about this book. The author's writing style is excellent, the pictures and maps are excellent, and it was selling for an excellent price. It has lots of wonderful and interesting information about the history and times of the first century. But when I discovered that the author does not regard the Bible as the inspired word of God, I was sorely disappointed. There are a number of places thoughout the text where the author questions the accuracy of the Bible, even going so far as to cast doubt upon whether or not Jesus actually said the things the Bible states that He said. He also suggests that the Gospel writers did not get their facts straight. If a person can read through this book and disregard his dubious comments, then it might be "okay", but this is definately not something you would want to give to a new believer or someone who is not firmly rooted in his or her beliefs.
This book is extremely creative in how the vast range of information is laid out for the reader. I felt I was able to follow the text very easily and was able to retain the information very well due to the creative writing and great use of many awesome pictures, illustrations, and maps. You will not get bored reading this book! It feels similar to reading your favorite National Geographic type magazine.I am a young campus minister and have highly recommended "The Jesus of the Bible" and also "The Complete Guide to the Bible" to our students, fellow colleagues, friends, and family. This book is for the young and the old, the non-believer and believer. To parents out there, I highly recommend you check this book out for both you and your teenagers to read. I guarantee it will hold everyone's interest and attention and spark new conversations that start with, "I didn't know that..." or "Did you know that...!?"This book is a must read for those wanting background history, information and opinions from yesterday and today's scholar's, and an in-depth/easy to follow journey through the life of Christ.