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  • First Rate

    A thought-provoking and important book. The seeds of the current Middle East conflict are seen clearly in this thought provoking book. I take issue with another reviewer of this book. The history I read here made a big impression on me, and I would highly recommend the book to others.

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  • Great summary overview of the time of Jesus

    I found this was a very interesting, well-written overview of the time surrounding Jesus Christ during Roman rule. I'm not a particularly religious person, and I came at this book more for a historical perspective, but I really found the information filled in some of my knowledge gaps. This book is a quick read, and I think it would be a great jumping off point for someone who really wants to delve deeper into this time period and the political and religious tribulations surrounding the creation of Christianity.

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  • a good concise history of dramatic events

    This is a concise and readable book covering the period from 63 BC, when the Romans first conquered Palestine, to 135 AD, when they were finally able to consolidate control over the Judeans – a period of great drama and such lasting importance. It presents a concise history of the Roman conquests of the Mediterranean, and how Herod came to rule Palestine as a converted Jew supported by Rome but despised by the people he ruled. His reign was cruel and relatively brief, but so significant. The book gives a good introduction to the early history of the Jewish people and religion, and the narrative of Jesus—his birth, teachings, trial, and death. I felt they were told in a straightforward, impartial manner. Although the Romans treated the people of Palestine brutally—they “make a desert and call it peace” as an enemy once said—“It was not the powerful Romans who were to survive,” as the author concludes. “It was the weak - the Christians and the Jews - who managed to overcome horrifying persecution and to flourish for thousands of years, long after the Roman Empire had crumbled.”

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  • Dont waste your money

    No facts, no original thoughts or ideas, a work of fiction based on other works of fiction. I had hoped for history, not christian prpoganda.

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