This little book is packed full of information. Dr. William H. Marty has undertaken the task of bridging the gap in Biblical history; the so called “Silent Years” between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament.
While not exhaustive, that would take a few volumes to explore several hundred years’ worth of history, The World of Jesus does a good job of hitting the highlights of this period. There are a lot of people to sort through and I have to confess that I got confused trying to keep the historical figures straight. The chapters of the book are broken up by time period such as the Persian Period, the Greek Period, etc. But many of the people can cover more than one period. To me, the set up was a little hard to keep track of but I don’t know if it really could have been simplified more than it has.
Before receiving this book I had read a review claiming the book was a sensationalized view of history; the people treated like stars in the tabloids. I did not find this to be the case. Unfortunately people’s sensibilities really haven’t changed in twenty-five hundred years or so. I do not think the tabloid comparison a fair one.
This is a good book for anyone interested in learning more about the time between Testaments and will whet the appetite for those wanting to dig deeper into history.
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I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.