What a subject to take on by authors Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The life and death of Jesus Christ! First off this is NOT a religious novel and I think O’Reilly has taken great pains to reiterate that this is in fact a historical account of the murder of Jesus of Nazareth. If you are looking for that type of book there are plenty out there for you to read. This just isn’t one of them. The authors give a detailed historical background of the time before Jesus’ birth to give a sense of the brutality of the times and the complete domination of the Roman empire though in decline at the time of Jesus.
As the story unfolds and sections or chapters come to a close we are faced with a dramatic countdown;
“Jesus of Nazareth has one year to live.”
Even though most of us know how this ends the authors are able to create a sense of drama. Growing up Catholic (twelve years of Catholic school AND CCD on Sundays) much of the story and timeline was familiar to me, but there is so much more to Jesus’ story. The authors filled in as many of the blanks as possible with their historical research,
“Jesus has specifically singled out men from this calling [fishermen] because their job requires them to be conversant in Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, and a little Latin, which will allow them to speak with a wider group of potential followers.”
Whether you are like me and believe that Jesus is the Son of God or just like history this book is a MUST read. No one can disagree that Jesus of Nazareth was a very large historical figure.
READ THIS BOOK!