8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2010
I read this book on a quiet, badly needed holiday. Just spending long afternoons reading was what was needed, and what better book to read but this one? The author tried to imagine who Saint Luke's "most excellent Theophilos" might have been, and has spun a tale around this idea as a way of exploring the world of first century Christians, Greeks and Romans. It isn't giving the game away to say that Theophilos is not a Christian in this book, and this enables the author to move readily between the two worlds co-existing between the outside and the inside of the Faith. It is good just to trust the author on this one, and to follow where he leads the reader. This well-researched book is intriguing, illuminating, satisfying in so many ways. Not a book to be gobbled up, but to be read quietly and pondered upon, as a way of approaching the world of the New Testament. It has a serenity of approach which enables the reader to focus, like Theophilos, on objective knowledge rather than on religious enthusiasm. An excellent read, a lovely book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2011
A very realistic and touching journey during the first century, just after the Jesus's death and His resurrection, an exciting dive in the beginning of Christian religion among the first disciples.