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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (6 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426209878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426209871
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 3.1 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Takes readers on a visual journey with Jesus, presenting concepts of faith, history, archeology, and geography, in a gift format for history lovers and faithful alike." -"Publisher's Weekly" "The location photography, artwork, ancient artifacts, and scores of specially commissioned maps would help anyone comprehend Jesus as a dynamic teacher, leader, and man." -"Christian Science Sentinel" "This worthy book could be read alongside the Gospels or could stand alone as a historical work." "-Bookpage" "Offers a fresh and often moving encounter with a fully realized human being; a social and spiritual activist who still resonates with the great issues of our day." "-Santa Barbara Independent" "Stunning illustrations, photographs, and maps...a vivid and thorough picture of the life and times of Jesus." "-War Cry "(the Salvation Army's biweekly magazine) "Part coffee-table book and part reference work, this title offers plenty of illustrations...and a plethora of interesting facts." "-Library Journal" "A good read, it arrives just in time for giving as a gift this Christmas." "-St. Anthony Messenger"" "

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JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS completed his doctoral program on archaeology and art at the University of Leyden, and is currently Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. In addition to From Moses to Muhammad, he is also the writer of four television programs that explore the legacy of the Bible, including the Hallmark television mini-series The Quest For Peace, which won the 2005 Gold Aurora Award and the 2005 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Lunn on 15 May 2013
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This is a very informative and enjoyable book. It fills in many details of, and much background to the life of Jesus which I was unaware of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elmer on 6 Feb. 2013
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This is beautifully presented and full of thoughtful facts and information putting into perspective my recent trip to the Holy Land
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gorgeous Girl on 18 Aug. 2013
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Very good book. Marvellous photo's. Good to see beyond the spiritual life and get down to the nitty gritty of normal life.
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By PhilJo on 17 Feb. 2015
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Well worth the price
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Superb Book for the Entire Family 16 Nov. 2012
By James Norwood - Published on Amazon.com
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"In the Footsteps of Jesus" is a splendid book for readers of all levels and all faiths. As indicated by the author, the book is "written from a nondenominational perspective." In addition to the main story of Jesus, there is excellent background on Judaism, as well as a short section on Islam.

Within the careful chronological framework of the book, the scholarship is exceptional. The latest archaeological findings are covered, and there are extensive citations from the four Gospels. Every topic is placed in its historical context, as we trace not only the life of Jesus. but the broader development of Christianity. The author was especially successful in capturing the achievements of Paul at perhaps the most critical period of the new faith.

One of the strengths of the book is the engaging writing style. In his lucid narrative, Jean-Pierre Isbouts has clearly made this work a labor of love. With his background in documentary filmmaking, there is an immediacy to the story, as apparent especially in the detailed discussion of pilgrimage. The stories of courageous individuals traveling from medieval Europe to the Holy Land are among the most memorable in the volume.

With the unparalleled quality of National Geographic Books, the graphics include spectacular photography, detailed maps, and beautiful representations of works of art. This volume goes well beyond a "coffee table" book. Rather, it is a beautifully presented introduction to one of the greatest historical topics of all time. It is difficult to put this book down because reading it is a truly spiritual journey.
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Just Like Being There 30 Dec. 2012
By Thomas M. Magee - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want to take a trip to the Holy Land but can't afford it this is your book. It gives you a rare personal view of all of the important sites. It makes you feel like you are there touring the sites.

The pictures in the book are excellent. They alone are worth the price of the book. They put you in the Holy Land. You can see the sights mentioned in the bible as they are today. That look through the pictures help makes the theology become reality for the reader. The second part of the book is the text. It is an excellent commentary on Jesus. The author combines the parts of all of the four gospels to tell the story. Few books seem to do that. It gives the readers a very comprehensive look at Jesus by doing that. The author uses pieces of each gospel to tell a deep story.

The book doesn't end with the Jesus story. There is a short chapter on the tale of Paul complete with pictures. Then the book goes into the story of the church for the first 500 years or so. This history is really enlightening. It briefly tells an important story in a very interesting tale.

Great book for all, no matter where you are on your faith walk.
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A Visual Masterpiece 26 Sept. 2013
By Clifford J. Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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For those of us who have been to Israel, this book opens the door still wider on the historical background to the Four Gospels. The author knows that the Jesus of the Gospels is not just a object of faith, but of history, geography and about a dozen other sciences that throw light on the Gospel chronicles and reveal the historical, geographical and cultural background to the Jesus of the Gospels. The book beginss to reveal the astonishing, rich and tumultous period in which Jesus lived and died: Second Temple Judaism, about which the Gospels themselves tell us almost nothing.

It opens up in particular the geographical background of Jesus two campaigns: the Galilean Campaign and the Jerusalem Campaign, with an accuracy of detail that supplements every page of the Gospel accounts and Gospels in hand, one can trace his steps from Nazareth to Jerusalem, from Jerusalem to Galilee; from Galilee to Phoenicia and across the Sea of Galilee, and south again to Jerusalem for his six month campaign in that city. It is a visual Gospel and chronicles with exact scholarship, exhaustive details, graphic photography and illuminating description what the words of the Gospels only hint at, mention in passing or neglect altogether

It would be a marvelous gift for priest or pastor or anyone who wants to make the Gospels come alive and the readings of the Gospel more than the mere reading of a text. It is described on its cover "A Chroniclde of His Life and the Origins of Christianity" It is this and more. It is a immersion in the text of the Gospels, which brings the texts alive almost if the reader were himself a participent in those Gospel events.

Father Clifford Stevens
Boys Town, Nebraska
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Carefully Researched and Remarkably Readable 10 Nov. 2013
By Burton F. Beers - Published on Amazon.com
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My judgment is shaped by my some forty years of teaching history @ NC State University and by figuring--outside the classroom-- in major ways in the writing of a number of student history textbooks. And that judgment is that, if this this volume offers little that will surprise Bible scholars, it should be welcomed by a broad range of lay-readers. The book as a whole has been carefully researched and brings together an impressive array of relevant data. It is a volume that I wish I'd had access to in my years prior to retirement.
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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS 28 Nov. 2012
By Marie Timpe - Published on Amazon.com
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THIS BOOK IS VERY NICE, FULL OF INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE JESUS WALKED. THE PRICE WAS ALSO VERY SATISFACTORY A BOOK OF THIS SIZE AND CONTENT.
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