Book: First Century Close-ups by Roger Penneycategories: Book, Judea, Jesus, Love, Storms, Terror, Kindness, Patience, Rivalry, Bigotry, Religion, Freedom Fighters, First Century
Roger Penneyabout this book: At one level the Bible is full of wonderful stories. But then one wonders. What were those people really like. Why did they dress all funny? What did they feel when they met the Lord Jesus? What were their everyday lives like? Did they share the same hope, fears and ambitions we all have or were they, in some ways different?
The domon posessed man at Gadara on the shore of Galilee. The lady with the issue of blood of the one with the bent back. Were the the same as the old ladies, one bent and the other who walks so slowly along the street where I live?
What about the children playing in the market place. Do they alwasy fall out so quickly and so quickly make it up. Do they threaten to tell their parents of the misdoings of a younhger sibling?
All these are explored. It took a lot of research but there are Jewish historians and Christian ones who have travelled in the unchanging parts of the Middle East. And there again, some things do not change; human nature for instance, The "it's not fair" complaint of some child deprived of something for naughtiness. All these are the same what ever the age you live in, whatever the culture, and wherever on the globe whichis our unusual planet.
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