Understanding the Life of Jesus
From the Foreword by R. Steven Notley
“Understanding the land of Jesus is a necessary component to comprehending the message he proclaimed. From the beginning of the four Gospels until their end, the Evangelists assume that we possess an intimate knowledge of the historical and geographical stage onto which Jesus stepped.”
“For most Christian readers this is unfortunately not true. Many have not had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land. Even for those who have, it can prove to be a confusing experience. Much about life in this land has changed over the course of two millennia.…”
“It is hoped that the maps [in this book] and the brief texts that accompany them can serve as a guide for the Christian reader to navigate the geographical stages in the Gospel accounts. …May the reader be aided in their pursuit to follow the steps of the Master and to grasp more clearly the message he preached.”
Understanding The New Testament
The New Testament (27 books) contains a record of the life of Jesus Christ and the birth and early growth of Christianity. The lands of the Bible have been aptly described as the “stage” on which the people who grace the pages of the New Testament moved. By understanding the dynamic of place, we open a window into other aspects of personal and communal life: political, economic, social and religious.
Understanding The Old Testament
A composite introduction to the Hebrew Bible, with illuminating texts, maps, chronologies and charts. Special section on the Hebrew alphabet and calendar. All major empires, battles and events are covered in a pleasing format.