This is a very interesting book about what was happening in the four hundred years between the Old and New Testament and continuing on into the life of Jesus and the early church. The author explains about the different nations, such as the Persians and the Babylonians, that conquered Israel and how that came about. He uses Scripture and fits the stories of the Bible into the time period and culture they belong to. We also see what kind of political and spiritual climate the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Zealots came out of. Each chapter has a chronology of events and discussion questions that really make you think.
I learned so much while reading this book. I knew some about the Herods and the Maccabees, but motives and repercussions were explained clearly. I feel I understand more about what was happening in Jesus' day behind the scenes. Check out this informative book!
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