I was hoping for another book along the lines of Killing Lincoln--well written and interesting even when covering already well-traversed ground. I was hoping for an insightful look at the historical Jesus. But while the history was there, more or less, the insight and good writing were not.
Readers who are even slightly familiar with Roman history as it relates to Judea will find little new material here. And the Romans nearly crowd out the person who should be the focus of the story, Jesus himself. When he does enter the story, there is scant evidence of scholarship regarding his life and times; it seemed like the authors just skimmed through the gospels and reported on what they read there as proof of their concept. The writing is simplistic, with a somewhat condescending note. Not the book I hoped for, and not one I enjoyed.
Marvelous book, in true O'Reilly and Dugard fashion.
Awe inspiring. The book begins long before the birth of Jesus, just to give the reader a better perspective of how the people lived and how the government operated. Once Jesus entered the world the book tracked his life (based on written history of that era).
The book does get detailed and in parts gruesome, but this is necessary and not intended to offend. Not for the faint of heart to read.
Bill has written a children's version and I assume he has deleted the gory details.
Pick up a copy today, you won't be disappointed.
I read this book before any of the other "killing" books, not that they are a series per say, but in saying that I had no idea what to expect. I found this to be an interesting book, it gave some new insight, but to me felt like a retelling of the bible in words that modern day individuals can better understand. I am not sure if that was the intent of the authors but it is how it was revealed to me. In saying that it was not a bad book, it definitely was interesting, but again there were things missing that I attribute to not being able to maintain the factual evidence of the retold stories. Overall if you have an interest in delving deeper into the story and separating researched fact from presumed fiction then pick up the book. If you are looking to find new things, things that have not been heard before, then move along...nothing to read here.
Awesome historical creation/biblical history of what happened in the coming days of Jesus's death. Very great book.
I am not a religious person so I was able to look at this as a history book. Very well done by O'Reilly as all his books are!