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.