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The Life and Times of Jesus: From His Earthly Beginnings to the Sermon on the Mount (Part I)

The Life and Times of Jesus: From His Earthly Beginnings to the Sermon on the Mount (Part I) [Kindle Edition]

Michael J. Ruszala , Wyatt North
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To write a book about Jesus is a challenging task; to live a life like Jesus’ is more challenging still. Though not primarily a work of theology or of spirituality, this popular history intends to help the words and deeds of Jesus come alive for contemporary readers. In Jesus’ day, he was a polarizing figure; one was either for him or against him.

Today, even many who are familiar with the story of Jesus are unmoved. There are a number of reasons for this, but one of them is that we have forgotten the history of which Jesus came to be part; and we have also forgotten how we fit in. When God acted in Jesus, he acted in history, and that history came with particular cultures, presuppositions, and memories of its own. Without an understanding of these things, Jesus’ polarizing words and deeds become blunted because their backdrop has been removed.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Wyatt North Publishing, LLC (13 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J83XF84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical view. 12 April 2014
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Unlike many of the books that provide a historical view of the life of Christ this book does not attempt to attack the beliefs of the christian reader, but instead adds color to the gospels bringing them alive in the imagination of the reader on subsequent readings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit disappointed in this book 19 July 2014
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I was a bit disappointed in this book. It may be me but I found it difficult to follow in some parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Aug 2014
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Great book I would recommend this book for believers or non believers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ditto - Best Book by Wyatt North 14 April 2014
By P Ryan - Published on
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I agree with Erick; best book I've read by Wyatt North.

This book is short but full of stories and historical characters leading up to and including the life of Jesus - a "who's who in first century Palestine."

I especially liked the chapter on the Sermon on the Mount. I found it interesting that the Hindu leader Mahatma Gandhi wrote in his autobiography that the Sermon on the Mount "went straight to my heart." I like how the author listed a Beatitude, a contrast target audience, and a related Psalm.

As stated in the book, it is intended for readers who are familiar with the basic Gospel stories but want to see them with the eyes of a first-century Jew. I found many interesting facts about the Jewish life and customs of that day. For example, I did not know that it was customary for disciples to pick a Rabbi, but as we know JESUS picked His disciples. Second intended readers are those not familiar with the story of Jesus of Nazareth; making this short but informative book perfect for the new RCIA candidate or older faith formation students. Part II will follow nicely with the narrative of the death and resurrection of Our Lord.

Another possible reader would be a friend or relative that is a skeptic as to whether Jesus actually existed. The historical data provided is excellent. I found it to be to the point and not overwhelming - a good evangelization tool.

I can think of nothing that I disliked.

I highly recommend this little book; and anxiously looking forward to Part II.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Keeper 30 April 2014
By Robert Barbier - Published on
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“The Life and Times of Jesus…” is a wonderful and informative book.
I particularly enjoy the historical background, which helped me to better understand some of the stories.
Having developed an Ignatius prayer life which allows me to place myself into the scene, this book helped me to more fully delve into the scenes and get a lot more out of my meditations.
I actually reread the book during Holy Week.
I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those wanting to deepen their prayer life. This is a book to keep in your library.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You brought Him to life. 17 April 2014
By S. Pogue - Published on
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I have read many of your books and I am always impressed by how you bring these people of stature to life for me. This latest book is no exception. You have brought His trials and tribulations into a much clearer light and understanding for me. You write as though you are writing for me. All of your books are fantastic and this one has really touched my heart.I learned not only things about Jesus but, some of the people that influenced His life and the things that transpired in his life. The research on your books not only this one is just fantastic!!! I hope and pray that if people want to have an intimate look at Jesus that they purchase and read this book.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The life and times of Jesus From His earthly beginnings 14 April 2014
By carriel - Published on
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So glad that I read this book. Even though I have a good knowledge of the life and teachings of Jesus I learned so much from this book. In language that the average person can understand the author tied history to the gospel and the old testament. Also he was able to confirm the validity of Jesus through history I look forward to reading the next segment.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good foundation to start from..... 2 May 2014
By Brother Richard Tiegs - Published on
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This volume started out for me as a seemingly mis-titled book. The history offered by Michael Ruszala at the start was of the region but tended to be post-Christ and there was very little offered about the pre-Sermon on the Mount time. What transcended was a clear background of the ruling powers of the region especially by Rome that was even more pronounced by that time but was the result of earlier actions or inaction by the ruling powers. Mr. Ruszala has done a credible job providing good historical information with some supposition that is only natural. Unfortunately, there is no citation of references other than "Pope Benedict said...", another author "indicates or states such and so." This does not allow the reader to delve deeper for added insight. There is good referencing of actual and possible Hebraic/Jewish practicies in the original body of believers but again, citation of references would be helpful. While this is a basic review, it is solid from a mostly Catholic view-point with some other insights as mentioned above. I got the feeling I was reading a politically correct work when it came to regional/national names of the area as the primary reference is to Palestine. This was only a name or the entire region offered by the Roman Empire and never a national title/name for any specific area. This is unfortunate and for me detracted from the work as the Scriptures constantly reference regions named for historic people groups/families/tribes which makes a greater impact on the real challenge in the region as being one of a long standing family feud that will only be resolved upon faith in and return of the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus. A good study bible will provide much of the information presented in this book but there is still benefit in reading it. As an aside, I was provided an e-copy of this work for the purpose of review which in no way influences my opinions. Be blessed.
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