The World of Jesus   -     By: Dr. William H. Marty
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  • Who were the Pharisees and why was Jesus upset with them?
  • Why didn't anyone like the Samaritans?
  • When and why did the Jews start worshiping in "synagogues" rather than the Temple?
To understand Jesus' life and ministry, we need to understand the history and culture of his world. Marty, author of the popular The Whole Bible Story, provides readers with a thoroughly readable, easy-to-understand history of Israel leading up to the time of Christ. Each chapter ties closely to the events of the New Testament and the background against which they took place.

Helpful fly out-out boxes, summaries, questions, and images and other tools make this user-friendly and highly informative.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0764210831
ISBN-13: 9780764210839

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Popular Author Provides the Market's Most Accessible Introduction to the World of Jesus' Time

To understand Jesus' life and ministry, we need to understand the history and culture of his world. Marty, author of the popular The Whole Bible Story, provides readers with a thoroughly readable, easy-to-understand history of Israel leading up to the time of Christ. Each chapter ties closely to the events of the New Testament as Marty carefully answers such questions as

•Who were the Pharisees and why was Jesus upset with them?
•Why didn't anyone like the Samaritans?
•When and why did the Jews start worshiping in "synagogues" rather than the Temple?

The book will include call-out boxes, summaries, and other tools to make this the most accessible book available on the topic.

Author Bio

Dr. William H. Marty (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Professor of Bible at the Moody Bible Institute and has published two textbooks, Surveying the New Testament and Survey of the Old Testament. He is unique among Bible college professors in that he teaches and writes on both the New and Old Testaments. Dr. Marty lives with his wife in Chicago.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    The World of Jesus--fascinating
    October 28, 2014
    Pastor Alan Cushway
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dr. Marty has done a fine job of bringing the reader into the world in which Jesus functioned by showing the historical development of key people and places. I found the work engaging and informative and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Scriptures. The reader of the New Testament hears about "Herod" or the "Pharisees" but this book shows us "how" they got there. The book also contains numerous historical asides that help the student as well as a good basic glossary. Drawing upon the references in Josephus to these groups also exposes the student to a wider range of source material for further study.. Well done book.
  2. Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very interesting!
    September 22, 2013
    MoriahN
    Maine
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Before opening this book I had never really given much thought to the period of history between the Old and New Testaments. As someone who really enjoys history, I found this book to be really interesting and I definitely learned some stuff about that historical time period. This book is written with an easy-to-read format that I liked. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy ancient history, and particularly to people who enjoy Bibilical history.

    Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Mass.
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Understanding the World of Jesus
    July 30, 2013
    James
    Mass.
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When reading the New Testament it can be difficult to understand everything that you read because we are some 2,000 years removed from the culture of the first century. Even passages we think we understand might not actually be saying what we imagine them to be saying. That's where background materials come in. Background materials help to explain the culture and historical setting like events and people so we better understand the New Testament.

    Usually doing background study involves looking in bible dictionaries and encyclopedias as well as commentaries and even technical journal articles. But all of that is time consuming and not everyone has access to all those resources. Enter "The World Of Jesus: Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus' Day" By Dr. William H. Marty. This book is 185 pages full of information to help someone better understand the New Testament. Now let me say that this is not a exhaustive book, as if you couldn't tell from the amount of pages, but it is very well written and organized and it will help orient a person so that their reading and studying of the New Testament is much more fruitful.

    The book is made up of eight chapter with and Introduction and a Conclusion. There's also nice little glossary in the back for a quick definition on words and people you might not know (Always helpful).

    The introduction lays out the format of the book as well as a brief retelling of the events from Abraham to the end of the Old Testament. This was a great little summary to, again, orient us as we prepare to look at the periods surrounding the first century. Chapter 1 deals with the Persian Period and discusses the reason for the exile. It also discusses the Temple as well as the city of Jerusalem. Chapter 2 introduces us to Alexander the Great and the Hellenization (which was the historical spread of ancient Greek culture, including the language) of the Jewish people and others who were conquered by Alexander the Great. Chapter 3 covers the Maccabean revolt. Chapter 4 discusses the Hasmonean period. Chapters 5 and 6 deal with the Roman Period and Herod the Great. Chapter 7 deals with the early church period and finally chapter 8 details some of the different religious groups around in the first century like the Pharisees and Sadducees. And the conclusion is a wonderful recap of what was discussed in detail throughout the book.

    This book was a pleasure to read and I highly recommend it to everyone. Whether you have access to all those background materials like dictionaries and such or weather you don't this book would make a wonderful addition to your library.

    I should say that the only thing that I didn't like about this book were the shaded pages that were scattered throughout the book. While they gave a lot of great information they interrupted the flow of the main text and I would have rather seen them at the end of the chapters or the information incorporated better into the body of the main text. But that's being nitpicky.

    Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's CFR Title 16, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  4. Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Answered questions I have had for years
    July 15, 2013
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've known since I was a child that the Bible is history. Even before I was saved, I knew it was history; but, for me, it was just a bunch of stories floating out there somewhere in ancient times past. It didn't really fit into the rest of world history to me. I've studied Rome and ancient Greece with my children; but, Jewish and Christian history wasn't included.

    I've been reading and listening to the Bible a lot lately. I've found that the more time I spend in the Word, even just listening, the more it comes together in my mind in one cohesive unit. The more I read, the more I understand, the more I want to read. Funny sentence, but true. I understand more than ever before. Still, there were questions in my mind. You know, questions like, "What happened between the Old and New Testaments? "Why are the Israelites called Jews now?" "Who were the Pharisees and Sadducees?" "Why did they hate Jesus?"

    I've found answers in this little book by Dr. William H. Marty, The World of Jesus, Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus' Day. Dr. Marty is a professor at Moody Bible Institute. He integrated political history, religious history, and Jewish laws and customs to reveal the setting into which Jesus was born. This is a complex subject, but Dr. Marty has given an excellent overview that is not too complicated for this gentile woman to grasp. ~smile~

    I am so glad I found this book. I look forward to sharing it with my children during their high school years.

    "Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting read and great history
    June 24, 2013
    Rachel Haugaard
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book starts in the Old Testament with the carrying of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah in captivity, and it ends after the death of Jesus and the disciples. It was very interesting to me as I've always loved history, and I've never seen a comprehensive look at the 400 years of Jewish history that elapsed between the end of the Old and the start of the New Testaments. I felt like the author was rather repetitive, but I think this was mostly due to his trying to make sure the reader got a thorough grasp of the timeline of events. I have studied these major events in history - the Babylonian and Persian captivities and subsequent return of some of the Jews to their homeland, Alexander the Great and the Greek influence on Israel, the Maccabees, Anthony & Cleopatra, the Herodians, the Romans, etc. - but I'd never read the whole story straight through...this gave me a much better grasp on the flow of the history of Israel. It was also exciting to see (as the author points out) how God used even the worst of the godless, ruthless, and brutal men who ruled Israel to fulfill His promises to His Chosen People. Nothing is too challenging for our God!! Also, as I was reading the tales of brutality that occurred mainly under the Herodian/Roman control of Israel, the commands of Jesus to love our enemies, turn the other cheek, and bless those who persecute us really struck me....Jesus wasn't living in some utopia when He spoke those words, so who are we to say that those commands are too hard or unrealistic in our day and age? It really gave me some food for thought.

    I really enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone who would like a better grasp on the history, traditions, and culture of the Jewish people.

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this unbiased review.
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