Proofs for knowing the Bible is true It is *CERTAINLY READABLE FOR THE LAYMAN AND VERY INTERESTING MAIER *readable for the layman and very interesting Maier book is the combination of three prior books The First Christmas The First Easter and The First Christians He uses a combination of biblical new testament translations and early local sources from antiuity writings such as Flavius Josephus Antiuities and the new testament translations and early local sources from antiuity writings such as Flavius Josephus Antiuities and the Annals as well as archaeological findings such as tablets inscribed with names and large ruins to paint a picture of Jesus birth Jesus early years through death and resurrection and the time of the early Christian church from Pentecost through the end of ActsThe book is best when it s a good novelization of the New Testament as another reviewer stated the part summarizing Acts and Paul s travels really made me actually want to go back and read the non gospel books since when I first read them it was usually in parts and pieces with zero context and zero real background knowledge Now as an adult with a few geographical and historical facts under my belt I may be able to follow what s going on in the narrativeThe writing I give 3 to 4 stars But the photographs mostly taken by Maier himself are rather poor in uality 2 to
"25 stars in my opinion Most are black and white taken with a flash creating odd shadows in places "stars in my opinion Most are black and white taken with a flash creating odd shadows in places now that the original books were published in 1971 through 1976 it makes sense that the photos had that 70 s feel to them but the photos still frustrated me to no end while I was readingThis compilation was published in 1991 or 1992 I would love to see an updated and revised edition that not only brought in any updated archaeological finds but also had better lit full color photographs taken with modern euipment with updated maps and illustrations and printed on glossy paper to truly bring out the beauty of these places and to provide details in the panoramic shots and in the photos of the models Recommended by a minister relative of mine as a resource on the historicity of Jesus I had high expectations but was very disappointed While it was a good novelization of the New Testament which is a vast improvement over the painfully unreadable original this book provides no new evidence for the actual existence of Jesus The storyline of the first two parts of the book were almost exclusi. Trations help recreate the world the mood the people and the events of the early years of fai. .
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This was an interesting book for meYou can certainly tell at times "That This Single Book "this single book THE COMBINATION OF THREE PRIOR BOOKS BUT IT DOESN combination of three prior books but it doesn interrupt the flow that muchI definitely enjoyed when the author took a skeptical point of view to religious traditions and when he also simply stated that no factual evidence exists for a topic andor uestionThis book infuses many early historical works to provide a broader picture of the main events of Christianity and was surprisingly enjoyable to read as a history book The author a Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University states in his introduction *that of all religious beliefs in the world none have thoroughly based *of all religious beliefs in the world none have thoroughly based on history than Judaism and Christianity Christianity threaded its origins into the very warp and woof of the past becoming itself part of history s fabric For that reason it has also been held to much stringent standards of critical evaluation than any other world religious system This however was the price it gladly paid for having solid historical credentialsFrom this introduction Professor Maier goes on to use geography archaeology history economics meterology and several other disciplines to look at three separate aspects of the Christian faith The First Christmas The First Easter and The First Christians Pentecost and the Spread of Christianity in the 1st century AD The book is very informative and well written If you like archaeology and other documentation used by historians this book applies such evidence to the biblical narrative in a balanced way I truly enjoyed the book It was very readable without being too highbrow or scholarly even thou Dr Maier is a scholar in the field The idea is to put the events of Christmas Easter and the early church into context of time and place He uses extra biblical references to make many of the points He is also careful to not say too much or too little based on the evidence available I recommend for anyone interested in this type of thing I really liked this book It delves into the historical proofs of the bible and is very interesting Also it gives information about certain historical events than are written in the bible A good book for the serious bible student Paul Maier is a truly gifted lecturer I ve had the pleasure of watchi. Maier's impressive research and brilliant insights correlate history archaeology and the New. Ng two of his videos and if I lived anywhere near Western Michigan University I d into the back of his classroom he is a member of the history faculty on a regular basis he has a gift for making the First Century AD accessibleIn the Fullness of Time continues this tradition Maier has basically consolidated 3 other books into one larger volume with a few changes and He Discusses The First Christmas discusses the first Christmas first Easter and the ministries of the early Apostles especially Paul and PeterMaier does a great ob of bringing actual documentation that supports the storiesRead at Reading this reminded me of the feeling I had while reading Acts through for the first time as a
TEENAGER IT IS LIKE A WONDERFULIt is like a wonderful novel building towards a denouement and then Acts 28 ust ends It ust left me hanging there Paul is still alive and did not die for another ten years Paul Maier uses various archeological historical geographic and internal Biblical references to fill in the gaps and weave the New Testament into something of a unified story with some novel ualities Along the way he convincingly demonstrates the historicity of the New Testament A small part of that historicity is show in the weaknesses of the characters and the very human way in which they behave and their honesty in writing their accounts which became part of the New Testament To use Paul Harvey s saying this is kind of The rest of the story of the New Testament I was a bit disappointed in a few places because I felt from reading Josh McDowell s Evidence That Demand s a Verdict years ago that history or clarity could be made However McDowell s work has a slightly different object and went deeper into many issues Maier s book is faster to read and a bit of a a historical novel I have heard that many believe that Paul did indeed go to Spain and have a fourth missionary ourney but have never pealed that back This is the first time I have looked at any evidence of that It helped me fill in what happened after Acts 28 something I have wanted to know since 1980 Now it is time to fill in of that church history I will start Eusebius The Crunch History edited by Maier This book gives information about the Bible accounts without being overwhelming It rounds out the Bible histories with outside sources and gives some. Testament text in this classic trilogy on early Christianity Full color photographs and illus. .